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Cleric Who Threatened Justice Isa Apologises In Court

Shia cleric Agha Iftikharuddin Mirza – who had abused the judiciary of Pakistan and threatened Justice Qazi Faez Isa in his sermon – tendered an unconditional apology in the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday.

According to a news report published in The Express Tribune, in response to the SC notice, Mirza submitted an unconditional apology wherein he surrendered himself at the mercy of the court. The apology stated that he unintentionally uttered some words against the judiciary and judges in a ‘private meeting’.

“Deponent has lots of regret and feels sorry for these words as he seeks unconditional apology and surrenders himself at the mercy of court,” the apology said. The cleric further clarified that neither his conversation was recorded nor made viral on social media with his consent or knowledge.

The apex court will resume hearing of the case on July 2. Meanwhile, an anti-terrorism court on Tuesday approved a seven-day physical remand of Mirza who is already in the custody of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

Last week, Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed had taken suo motu notice of the footage doing the rounds on social media a day after Justice Isa’s wife Sarina Isa filed FIR at Islamabad’s Secretariat Police Station, complaining that her husband had received a death threat via a video in which the intimidator – Maulvi Mirza – could be heard saying: “Isa should be shot publicly.”

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