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Journalist Body Demands Withdrawal Of Contempt Case Against Matiullah Jan

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Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has asked for the withdrawal of the case against journalist Matiullah Jan for his remarks in the Justice Qazi Faez Isa case, terming it an unjustified action during a ‘charged atmosphere’ in the country.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt of court notice to the journalist after a post on Twitter regarding the case involving Justice Qazi Faez Isa. The hearing in the case was carried out the same day and was later adjourned.

In a statement, the union resolved that the journalist community stands by the journalist, Dawn reported. The representatives of the body also stated that the stature of the courts is high.

According to them, suo motu notices should [instead] be taken over the dozens of cases confronting the people of the country, said it will bring respect to the apex court.

Commenting on the case on the same day, Chief Justice Islamabad High Court Athar Minallah said, “the dignity of an independent judge nor his or her integrity is so frail and vulnerable so as to be harmed by a tweet.” Jusitce Minallah also deemed the proceedings in the case to be unmaintainable.

On June 19, the Supreme Court quashed the presidential reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa and accepted his petition. The bench hearing the case had suspended the reference unanimously. However, seven out of 10 judges had ordered the case be sent to FBR.

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