ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday issued notice to the government on the appeal of former religious affair minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi in Hajj corruption case.

Hamid Saeed Kazmi has filed an appeal against special court judge’s verdict in which he was sentenced to jail for 16 years.

Lawyer Latif Khosa has appeared from Kazmi’s side and made the stance before the appellate court, that his client did not misuse his powers during his job. His counsel has also made the stance that justice requirements have not been completed by the trial court.

After hearing the arguments of the case the IHC Chief Justice Anwar Khan Kasi has issued notice to the Federal government to submit reply in court.

Former federal minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi had been sentenced to 16 years of punishment in jail by the trial court for embezzlement in Hajj expenses.