ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday dropped contempt charges against cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, accepting his explanation that he never intended to bring senior judges into disrepute.

Khan, the head of Pakistan's third largest party, had criticised the judiciary and election commission for inaction over alleged rigged at elections in May, when he won a political breakthrough.

But Khan, summoned for a second time before the Supreme Court, said he never criticised the senior judiciary and that undermining the supremacy of the judiciary was akin to undermining democracy.

“Why it is being misconstrued?... I only referred to the returning officers and never named the Supreme Court or the superior judiciary,” Khan told the court.

“My entire struggle has been focused on an independent justice system,” he said.

Moreover, Attorney General of Pakistan informed the bench during the hearing that the statements given by the chief if the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) did not insubordinate the judiciary.

The court dropped the case.

“The notice is discharged,” said Anwar Zaheer Jamali, head of the three-judge panel that heard the proceedings.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) finished third place in the May 2013 polls won by Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), but formed a government only in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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Gul Khan
August 28, 2013 2:12 pm

congratulation to Imran Khan. what a relief !; also salam to our apex court and AG

August 28, 2013 2:16 pm

Sheer waste of time and resources for no reason, these are our learned jurists, so shameful.

Syed Asif Zafar
August 28, 2013 2:27 pm

Good decision by court.

Syed jeddaj

Irum Afshan Qureshi
August 28, 2013 2:40 pm

warrior of justice, Mr.Imran Khan,indeed; grown up so well, from cricket to knell, the knell of grace, the knell of change, the knell of hope, the knell of scope, the scope of Self, May ALLAH Always Give Help. ameen

August 28, 2013 3:28 pm

Good news, mr khan now one headache is over. Truth always prevails. I wish pakistanee start knowing you deeply and abandon the corrupt so called leaders.

Mudassir Hussain
August 28, 2013 3:39 pm

Only thing comes to mind..."just another one!"

August 28, 2013 3:49 pm

so why was the notice issued in the first instance:

Farrukh Seer
August 28, 2013 3:51 pm

He did not apologise. He only lied. Obviously a straight forward politician.

Waseem Jamal
August 28, 2013 4:05 pm

we need such leader who could defend his sayings and actions. weldone Khan. i personally hope he can talk to any body in the world with such spirit and on merit without any fear or greed.

August 28, 2013 4:24 pm

Why.....why not for others..a premier was sent packing home, country was destabilised..anarchy was created just for having his interpretaion of constitution regarding the immunity of writting letters to a foreign country to open cases against thye sitting president of the country and hee a man{Imran} has not even aplogised yet he has been left off the hook ..sharmnak conduct of higher judiciary { i do not intend maliging the higher judiciary ..same as Imran's plea}. Sharmnak.

August 28, 2013 4:32 pm

learned........... aaaaaah!!!!!!!

sabeeh omer
August 28, 2013 5:23 pm

An excellent display of maturity and prudence by both the judiciary and Imran Khan!

Akhter Husain
August 28, 2013 5:44 pm

Imran Khan was rightly acquitted of charges,after all he did not refuse to violate the constitution like Mr YRG,the ez PM.

saleem khan
August 28, 2013 6:54 pm

Thank God empty thunder storm passed away and nation have a sign of relief.But one thing should be unvieled ---the limit of contempt.Judiciary can be criticised its not a matter of ego.

Afzaal Ahmed Tahir
August 28, 2013 7:34 pm

confusion is over and its better ending of contempt notice. Imran Khan`s statement is almost approved by court that ragging had don in general elections.

Syed Ahmed
August 28, 2013 7:52 pm

This had to happen - it was very much expected. Why is the SC wasting precious time of tax payers for no rhyme or reason.

Syed Ahmed
August 28, 2013 7:53 pm

@Ali: This is Late Munawar Zarif's adalat.

August 28, 2013 8:24 pm

There is nothing wrong to criticise the Supreme Court. Anyone can criticise any branch of the government and it is very common in the developed and developing democracies. There is no doubt that most judges, including the Supreme Court Justices, in Pakistan are corrupt. They have no respect for the law and use their positions for selfish end and not the benefit of the public. These judges are embarrassment to legal profession and system. I am ashamed to call them judges.

irum afshan qureshi
August 28, 2013 8:37 pm

towards a just pakistan

Tariq Mehsud
August 28, 2013 8:38 pm

Let's get back to work.

August 28, 2013 8:50 pm

@Gul Khan: Definitely what a relief. Imran's detractors were looking forward for a field day to see both Imran and judiciary at odds and have a win-win situation for downing either of them.

August 28, 2013 8:57 pm

Thank you judiciary for entertaining Pakistani media!!

August 28, 2013 9:03 pm

You are absolutely right.

Adam Malik
August 28, 2013 9:46 pm

Feel the Difference

August 28, 2013 9:52 pm

Gobsmacked! is how I describe my feelings.

So the contempt charges have been dropped only because IK "never criticized the superior judiciary". Excellent. Does this mean people are free to criticize lower judiciary? What a logic.

It also implies that "criticizing the superior judiciary" is contempt, again what a logic.

All I can say the logic given here is outright discriminatory, and that too coming from CJP is rather too rich who seems to be in the habit of quoting from past Islamic era - when it suits him.

We unfortunate Pakistanis had been and continue to be intimidated by our uniformed masters, add to this equation all the Supreme Court as well, and why not!

Mr CJP get a grip, people are not daft, neither they cannot understand the logic, your decisions are discriminatory and repugnant and selective. In democracy anyone can be criticized, and for once I shall happily side with IK for speaking out his mind. Good on your Mr Khan.

Parvez Iqbal Anjum
August 28, 2013 10:20 pm

It is heartening to know that the case has been dropped against Imran Khan. Both the stake-holders displayed acumen and maturity. Both sides deserve commendation .They have averted another standoff in the making in larger national interest rising above their ego.

Parvez Iqbal Anjum
August 28, 2013 10:18 pm

It is heartening to know that the case has been dropped against Imran Khan. Both the stake-holders displayed acumen and maturity. Both sides deserve commendation .They have averted another standoff in the making in larger national interest rising above their ego.

Ehtesham Malik
August 28, 2013 11:01 pm

Noora Kushti at its best....judiciary has become a circus! every day a new suo moto props up and then dies down without any real action. Not one corrupt politician has been punished by the honorable CJ sahib why? he has been sitting on this chair for a long time what has he accomplished besides fooling the public? he should be held accountable as well!

August 28, 2013 11:25 pm

Please do not over look the conduct of Federal Governments representative, the Attorney General who also did not support the contempt notice, Another plus for Prime Minister and PML N. You cannot expect such maturity from PTI under 19.

August 28, 2013 11:32 pm

@Ali: What? If the court acquits someone, it is a waste of time of resources?

So in your opinion, the court should find everybody guilty?

Excellent logic.

pir rashid
August 28, 2013 11:43 pm

Quite nice about the SC. Rather taking side again with his dear one, has come to his senses. I think SC have relised the real fact that if Imran Khaln is convicted the out come would not be good for presant illegal regime. I appreciate the decision of the presant SC mafia. False acqusation, False acqusation, False acqusation. What a wonderful SC.

azmat khan
August 29, 2013 12:47 am

@sabeeh omer: Both are liars and hypocrites. Both are characterless.

azmat khan
August 29, 2013 12:50 am

@Akhter Husain:He just showed the judiciary a mirror.

azmat khan
August 29, 2013 12:54 am

@sabeeh omer:IK went back on his words and the judiciary forgot every thing.

August 29, 2013 4:21 am

Good job.Can anybody else dare to talk truth like great Khan.No nobody.He is really deserving candidate for PM.We are proud of you Khan.luck favours the Bravo

August 29, 2013 5:15 am

CJ sahib has crossed limits shamelessness.Please keep in mind that you have to die one day,and there will be day of judgement.And that judge will treat everybody equal.Or you dont believe in that.

August 29, 2013 7:22 am

Good leader always follow the law and believe in rule of law. Imran Khan did not respect the judges and court of law therefore, verdict should be 100 lashes on his back so he can learn about the rule of law and he should banned for contesting elections for lifetime.

Aftab Kenneth Wilson
August 29, 2013 11:41 am

This reminds me of a book titled '' Aur Adalat Haar Gae ''. This was written by Mr. Muhammad Amir Rana way back in late 90's. Why this restrain was not practiced when two PM were sent home and also when scores of other cases of similar kind are still pending will surely haunt the grieved?

Dr Khan
August 29, 2013 11:56 am

Instead of taking Suo Moto notices on contempt of court the honorable Judges are requested to spend time and energy in solving the people's problems who approach lower courts every day.Their minor disputes are not decided for years.Bribes are very common and the influencial manage to get judgment in their favor.Poor persons spend their money and energy for years and years but with out getting any relief.Justice delayed is justice denied according to saying of our Chief Justice.

August 29, 2013 10:06 pm

I am 100% agree with you, selected justice is no justice.

August 29, 2013 11:47 pm

They just wanted Imran Khan out of the way while John Kerry visited Pakistan.

August 30, 2013 2:31 pm

@babar: You must be kidding. What i dont understand is what's wrong in calling wrong the wrong. This is not a crime and no humiliation to anyone. Our judiciary is biased we all know that, and it is everyone's fundamental right to speak against these sort of things. If people could object the justice of Hazrat Umar bin Khatab (RAW) then why not these so called justice. Thats why our society is where it is today. If you cant stop the wrong doing, atleast call it wrong, if you cant do that atleast consider it wrong in your heart. I dont say this, our Islam says it. I am not saying because its Imran Khan. I would say this even though you were in Imran Khan's place. Our judges need to be challenged, so they dont consider themselves above everything. I hope you got the point. Same should be applied to politicians, i hate when people defend their leaders like they God sent. We all know not even one of them is pure and innocent, yet we support, defend them and celebrate victories on street like they own us. Our country will keep suffering until we change this.

Dr. Noor
August 30, 2013 4:35 pm

Aina unko jo dikhaya to burra maan gaye.... sums up the whole contempt proceedings...

August 30, 2013 9:27 pm

Rather than reforming the lower judiciary which the CJ has not done in last 5 years , another circus like joke hurled at nation ; wasting time & resources of the nation.

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