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PTI’s Asad Umar apologizes for anti-judiciary speech

During PTI's long march in November, Asad Umar gave a speech in which he heavily criticized the judiciary. Asad Umar said that the nation can see that the doors of justice are closed even in the Supreme Court.

In a major development, the Lahore High Court (LHC) dismissed a contempt case against Secretary-General of PTI Asad Umar after he tendered an “unconditional apology” before the LHC.

According to the details, at the outset of the hearing, Asad Umar told the LHC Rawalpindi bench that his aim was not to target the courts or the judges.

“My aim was not to target the courts or the judges,” the PTI leader told the court.

However, Justice Jawad Hassan told Asad Umar that he had the videos of his statement and that he did not wish to play them in court.

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“We are fully aware of what you said,” Justice Hassan remarked, adding that the courts allowed the party to hold its long march, but they targeted the courts.

“If I crossed any line with my statements then I apologize,” Asad Umar responded. After the apology, the benched disposed of the contempt case against the PTI leader.

Asad Umar’s speech

During PTI’s long march in November, Asad Umar gave a speech in which he heavily criticized the judiciary. Asad Umar said that the nation can see that the doors of justice are closed even in the Supreme Court.

“Judges were troubled when they had to change their route [due to road’s blockage],” he said.

The PTI leader talked about Khan’s assassination attempt, saying that the chairman of the biggest party was shot at, however, no FIR was registered.

“The nation does not see justice in this country,” he had said.

On Monday, LHC’s Rawalpindi bench had asked the PTI leader to appear in court in response to his speech against the courts and judiciary on November 26, the day on which the party called off its long march.

“Asad Umar scandalised the courts in his speech during the November 26 rally and used contemptuous words against the judiciary,” the court noted.

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