TV anchor and CEO indicted of contempt in Pakistan

CEO Salman Iqbal and anchorperson Mubashir Lucman of ARY pleaded not guilty and denied the charges when they appeared before a three-judge bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal.



By Afzal Khan

Published: Wed 7 Jan 2015, 9:15 PM

Last updated: Tue 25 Aug 2020, 12:53 PM

The Supreme Court has indicted the chief executive and the anchorperson of a private television network on contempt charges in a case related to the airing of a scandalous and defamatory programme against the judiciary.
Both CEO Salman Iqbal and anchorperson Mubashir Lucman of ARY pleaded not guilty and denied the charges when they appeared before a three-judge bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal. Their counsel Irfan Qadir termed the charge as ‘vague’.
The contempt charges were framed against the respondents for the May 29 talk show ‘Khara Sach’ in which Lucman had levelled serious allegations against SC judge Jawwad S. Khawaja — his relationship with Mir Shakeelur Rehman, the owner of Geo TV network, and the sale of a property in Lahore by the judge’s wife to the Punjab government.
“By your words, gestures and tone, the respondents have not only defamed and scandalised the court but also made a statement against a judge and thus tended to bring him into hatred, ridicule and contempt and thereby committed contempt of court,” the charge said.
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