Imran Khan submits another reply to IHC, regretful but offers no apology

PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday submitted a new reply in the Islamabad High Court in a contempt case extending his regrets over his ‘inadvertent’ rant against a female judicial officer but there was no mention of any apology.

In his reply, the former premier expressed his remorse saying that he was
sorry over his remarks against the female judicial officer. He confessed
that his remarks were unintentional as he didn’t mean to hurt the sentiments
of a female adjudicator.

“I feel sorry if a female judge is hurt,’ the PTI chief wrote.

The Islamabad High Court in its previous hearing on Aug 31 gave PTI Chairman
Imran Khan another chance to submit a “well-considered” response in the
contempt proceedings initiated against him for his controversial remarks
about District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry, who had approved his chief
of staff, Shahbaz Gill’s physical remand in a sedition case.

In its written order, the IHC found Imran’s reply, submitted on Aug 30, to
be “unsatisfactory” asking him to submit a second reply in seven days.

The IHC has summoned Imran and his lawyers on September 8 at 2:30pm.

Earlier in August, the IHC issued a show-cause notice to the PTI chairman
over a contempt of court case after his remarks against Additional Sessions
Judge Zeba Chaudhry and asked him to appear personally before the bench on
August 31.

During the previous hearing, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah remarked that
he was personally hurt by the written statement submitted by the former
prime minister. “You must understand the seriousness of the matter and
answer thoughtfully or else the court will proceed with the matter.”

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