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IHC takes back contempt notice against IHCBA secretary

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday withdrew a show cause notice of contempt to the general secretary Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA) after he appeared in the court hearing.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the contempt case against IHCBA Secretary General Umair Baloch.

The tensions between the bar and the bench over the PIC incident in Lahore, resolved with appearance of the secretary and other high court bar officials before the court.

“We don’t believe in awarding sentences in contempt proceedings,” Justice Athar Minallah said.

“It was a painful decision to issue the show cause notice,” the Justice said. “You arrived yesterday, it is sufficient if a person realizes matter,” the top judge said in an interchange with the officials of the Bar.

“We have appeared in the court for your respect,” the bar officials told the judge.

“We believe the bar will protect independence of the judiciary,” the justice further remarked. “The third force will not be allowed to take benefit of the situation,” Justice Athar Minallah said.

The chief justice of the high court had issued a show cause notice for contempt and suspended the licence of the bar’s secretary Umair Baloch for the high court, in a previous hearing.

The court had also issued notices to vice chairman Pakistan Bar Council, President Supreme Court Bar Association and Advocate General Islamabad.

The high court in its notice had summoned Umair Baloch and others in a personal capacity on December 19 (today).

The court in its notice asked Umair Baloch to explain why the contempt of the court proceedings should not be initiated against him over interference in the court proceedings.

The court order said that Baloch forcefully removed the lawyers from the courtroom during the proceedings. He appeared before the rostrum and his behaviour was not like a professional, the court order said.

The lawyers had announced a strike after a day earlier an attack on Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) and ransacking the hospital in Lahore.

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