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Verbal apology won’t do, Pakistan SC tells Imran
Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times
Islamabad, August 02, 2013
First Published: 23:57 IST(2/8/2013)
Last Updated: 00:50 IST(3/8/2013)

There was drama in Pakistan’s Supreme Court in Islamabad when Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan presented himself on Friday morning after he was summoned a day earlier by the chief justice.

The court had taken notice of Imran Khan’s adverse remarks about the electoral process and the role of the judiciary.

However, expectations of a clash between the PTI chairman and the chief justice fizzled out as Imran Khan offered a verbal apology for his remarks saying that his criticism was for the election commission and not the judiciary.

The court expressed dissatisfaction over the verbal reply and adjourned the hearing “for a better and a written response.” The Supreme Court then ordered Imran Khan to resubmit his reply before August 28 and adjourned the hearing till that date.

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A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was hearing the case on Friday.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had issued a notice to the PTI chief over his “critical and derogatory” remarks against the judiciary and judges of the apex court.

Terror vs cricket

Meanwhile, Imran Khan is said to launch a hunt for sporting talent as a flagship counter-terrorism policy in the northwest province governed by his political party, an aide said Friday. “Terrorism has been very destructive for sports... that is why we are aiming at sports activities to end terrorism in the province,” said Iftikhar Elahi, sports and culture coordinator for the party.

Elahi said he hoped cricket, which is a national obsession in Pakistan, can bring peace. He said the scout for talent was part of the party’s programme to develop what is one of the most deprived parts of Pakistan.


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