By Raza Ruman
Out of the fire into the frying pan. Perhaps this exactly happened to media Mughal Mir Shakilur Rehman.
After getting bail in illegal land acquisition for his palatial house in Lahore Mir Shakilur Rehman was served contempt of court notice from the Islamabad High Court for defaming ‘innocent’ former CJP Saqib Nisar.
MRS must be cursing his so called editor investigation Ansar Abbasi for landing him in trouble. Although the scheme was well planned but it back fired.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday issued show-cause notices to former chief judge of Gilgit-Baltistan Rana Mohammad Shamim Ahmed Khan, Ansari Abbasi, MRS and Amir Ghouri (editor the News) over a report published in The News that alleged former chief justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar of colluding to deny bails to Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz before general elections 2018.
The court also directed the respondents to submit their replies within seven days and adjourned the hearing for November 26.
Shamim was not present for today’s proceedings presided over by IHC CJ. During the hearing, Shamim’s son told the court that the ex-judge had reached Islamabad the night before and was felling unwell. He also asked permission to play a video in the court and to bring a laptop into the courtroom. However, the request was denied.
Poor MSR who has already spent eight months in the land case. Ansari Abbasi too perhaps miscalculated that Justice Minhallah could go to this extend and show cause him and his boss MSR.
In a meeting before publishing this damning report MSR and company had figured out all aspects… reaching a conclusion that their skin will remain safe.
Athar Minallah's understanding,views and repercussion of a news report, differs from that of an investigative reporter.After filing a news report with responsibility, the reporter is not responsible for reaction if any, if facts are correct 1/— Mariana Baabar (@MarianaBaabar) November 16, 2021
Doing a detail story on this issue for @nayadaurpk_urdu, the feel I got in the courtroom was that honourable CJ Athar Minallah was trying to give the version of IHC which was missing in @AnsarAAbbasi’s story but at the end he served show-cause notice to everybody. https://t.co/mRhFWI1fSP— Asad Ali Toor (@AsadAToor) November 16, 2021
Athar Minhallah has been a good judge, but he grossly overstepped the mark today – Ansar Abbasi reported a sensational story, now the judiciary is going after a v credible journalist to cover up its own sins…— cyril almeida (@cyalm) November 16, 2021
ایڈیٹران چیف؛ایڈیٹر؛اورانصار عباسی کو توہینِ عدالت کےنوٹس دینا عجب غلط روایت ہے۔ پاکستان کا ایک بیک گراؤنڈ ہیکہ کسطرح خبروں کو بنیاد بنا کر صحافت کا گَلا گھونٹا جاتا ہے بجائے اصل معاملے کی تحقیقات کے۔ خبر دینا صحافی/ایڈیٹر/ادارے کا فرض اور حق ہے۔ حق کہنا پیشۂ پیغمبری ہے جرم نہیں!— Gharidah Farooqi (@GFarooqi) November 16, 2021
Now see if MSR and Abbasi get away just for apology then perhaps th judgment of the both was right. PAK DESTINY