Imaan Mazari apologises for defaming senior army command

ISLAMABAD – Former federal minister and PTI leader Shireen Mazari’s daughter, Imaan Mazari unequivocally apologised for her inappropriate remarks against the senior command of Pakistan Army.

It was stated in a written judgment issued on Wednesday by a single bench of Islamabad High Court (IHC) comprising Chief Justice    Athar Minallah. In her petition before IHC, Imaan prayed to quash the FIR registered against her by the Judge Advocate General (JAG) branch of the Pakistan Armed Forces.

The FIR was registered for the alleged commission of offences described under sections 138 and 505 of Pakistan Penal Code, 1860. It was registered pursuant to a complaint filed by the Judge Advocate General Branch of the General Headquarters.

According to the verdict, the petitioner had appeared along with her counsel on 01-06-2022 and they had unambiguously stated that there was no intent whatsoever to disrespect or malign the Armed Forces, and that the accusations made were due to misleading information provided by the police officials, at a time, when the petitioner was under great stress and in a state of trauma.

The order said, “It was explicitly stated that the inappropriate language and utterances could not be justified. The remorse and regret was obvious to the Court as duly recorded in the order, dated 01-06-2022.”

“The petitioner has unequivocally apologised for the intemperate and inappropriate language used by her, at a time, when she was under extreme stress. She had not given any interview and that the recording should not have been uploaded on the social media without her express consent,” said the IHC judgment.

It continued that when confronted with the above, the additional attorney general, taking a fair stance, stated that the complainant has always been magnanimous and that the unequivocal apology and regret by the petitioner manifests her intent. He, however, stated that the petitioner is expected to exercise care in future since she is also an officer of the Court and bound to observe the code of conduct prescribed for enrolled advocates.

The court’s verdict said that she was informed that her mother had been allegedly abducted and maltreated and she approached the police officials and other public office holders but they refused to acknowledge having detained her mother.

The bench said that for the above reasons, the Court is satisfied that further proceedings, pursuant to registration of the FIR would be an exercise in futility. The petition is, therefore, allowed and consequently the FIR is hereby quashed.

 

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