The Supreme Court has expressed displeasure over submission of an incomplete speech transcript of Senator Nehal Hashmi by the director general of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA).
On Monday’s hearing, a three-judge bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan observed that PEMRA has not presented the complete transcript of Nehal’s hate speech against higher judiciary and members of the Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT).
The SC questioned DG PEMRA why he did not submit transcript of the controversial speech that was run on a certain channel.
Justice Azmat Saeed told Hashmi’s witness, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Director General Haji Adam, the material he had submitted was all irrelevant. The judge said the incomplete and unrelated material was given under a conspiracy.
The Supreme Court ordered the former Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader to present defence witnesses on August 21 in the case.
The SC bench also rejected a plea by Hashmat Habib, the lawmaker’s counsel, for grant of further respite to submit additional arguments in the case.