IHC dismisses ‘Army defamation case’ against Imaan Mazari
Chief Justice Islamabad High Court (IHC) Athar Minallah on Monday dismissed a First Information Report (FIR) filed by the Pakistan Army against Shireen Mazari’s daughter, advocate Imaan Mazari, for allegedly “abusing and defaming the senior command” of the institution.
Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the petition filed by Imaan Mazari to dismiss the case. During the hearing, Imaan Zainab Mazari appeared in the court along with her lawyer Barrister Zainab Janjua.
Giving arguments in the court, Imaan Mazari’s lawyer, Zainab Janjua said that a petitioner named Ayub had filed CMA against the court order.
“I will give arguments on the petition filed for dismissal of the case. We have appeared in every inquiry in the court order,” she said.
Zainab Janjua said that two police vehicles had come to the house of the petitioner on Sunday night to issue notices.
“Our request was rejected and the video was shown. We requested a written reply and submitted a written reply on the same day,” she said.
On which Chief Justice Athar Minallah inquired what are the provisions against the petitioner?
Imaan Mazari’s lawyer replied that sections 138 and 505 have been registered against Imaan Zainab Mazari.
“We have said before that we are sorry for what was said and we believe that what should have happened should not have happened,” she told the court.
Justice Athar Minallah said that the petitioner is respected officer of this court and such words should not be uttered even under normal circumstances.
The court remarked that if the petitioner apologizes then what is left in this case.
To which the counsel for the General Headquarters replied that there was no word of apology in the reply submitted to the investigating officer.
The lawyer added that if she had to apologize then she should come to the media and apologize.
The court later granted Imaan Zainab Mazari’s application for dismissal of the petition.
Earlier, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had issued notices to the police and the plaintiff in response to Imaan Zainab Mazari’s request to dismiss the case of abuse and defamation against the senior leadership of the Pakistan Army.
It may be recalled that on May 26, a case was registered against Iman Mazari at Ramna Police Station in Islamabad on the complaint of Syed Humayun Iftikhar, Lieutenant Colonel for Judge Advocate General, General Headquarters Rawalpindi, which included sections 505 of the Pakistan Penal Code (inciting people against the armed forces) and 138 (inciting youth to violate).
Later, on May 27, the Islamabad High Court granted pre-arrest bail to lawyer Imaan Zainab Mazari till June 9.