Capt Safdar files contempt plea against Aitzaz Ahsan in IHC

 Captain (retired) Mohammad Safdar — the husband of PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz — Saturday filed a contempt of court plea in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against PPP stalwart Aitzaz Ahsan for “defaming” his acquittal.
The PPP leader earlier this week alleged that the establishment helped the Sharif family clear the cases of corruption against them.
Safdar has made the state, through the Advocate-General for Pakistan, and IHC’s registrar as respondents in the contempt of court plea.
The PML-N leader mentioned that Ahsan, through his statement, “defamed” him, and his acquittal had been tainted, while his “esteem, in the eyes of the general public, has been lowered due to baseless allegations”.
The petition mentioned that the PPP stalwart’s statement also violates Article 2-A of the Constitution of Pakistan. Safdar also demanded that to ensure the public’s confidence in the court, it should summon Ahsan and impose penalties on him, including imprisonment.
The PPP leader, apart from alleging that the establishment helped the PML-N leaders, said that the cases against PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, and Maryam were open-and-shut and their conviction was evident.
In response, PPP’s top leadership distanced itself from Ahsan’ss recent statement, saying that it was his personal view and does not reflect the party policy.
Acting President PPP Central Punjab Zone Rana Farooq Saeed said that Ahsan’s statement is against the policy line and demanded his dismissal from the party’s central executive committee.
“Many senior leaders of the party have conveyed their reservations on the statement of Ahsan, saying that it was not the first time that he took a stance different to that of the party policy,” elaborated a senior leader of the PPP.
PPP has also reportedly decided to suspend the basic membership of the party’s stalwart and the former federal minister.
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, in a press conference along with other federal ministers, termed Ahsan a “traitor” and said that his “personal frustration” led to the statement.
The controversy stirred after the IHC last month acquitted Maryam and Safdar in the Avenfield reference, nullifying the conviction handed to them in 2018 by an accountability court.
And two weeks after their acquittal, a special court in Lahore acquitted PM Shehbaz and his son Hamza Shahbaz in a Rs16 billion money laundering case lodged against them by the Federal Investigation Agency.