IHC dismisses army ‘defamation’ case against Imaan Mazari-Hazir – Pakistan

Islamabad’s High Court (IHC) on Monday granted a petition by Attorney Imaan Zainab Mazari-Hazir to dismiss a suit brought by the Pakistan Army for abuse and defamation of the agency’s senior headquarters.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, who heard the petition, said at the hearing that Mazari-Hazir is a respected official of the court and should not say such things “under normal circumstances.”

The first information report (FIR) against Mazari-Hazir was registered on May 26 in a complaint filed by Lieutenant Colonel Syed Humayun Iftikhtar, who was representing the Attorney General (JAG) branch of the General Headquarters (GHQ) at the Ramna Police Station in the capital city. .

The JAG branch of the Pakistani Armed Forces consists of senior military officers, lawyers and judges providing legal services to the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps at all command levels. It belongs to the Ministry of Justice of the military.

She was charged under sections 505 (incitement to the military) and 138 (incitement to disobedience by soldiers) of the Pakistani Criminal Code.

The FIR said Mazari-Hazir issued a “contemptuous and hateful” statement on May 21, the day her mother, former Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari, was arrested outside her home in a land title and transfer case.

A video of Mazari-Hazir, noticeably bewildered, was later shared on social media, where she was seen referring to Army Chief of Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

She later approached the IHC in her petition, saying “FIR is unfounded and the allegations are preposterous.”

At today’s hearing, Mazari-Hazir’s attorney Zainab Janjua said her client had appeared for all court-ordered interrogations.

Two police cars came to Mazari-Hazir’s home on Sunday night to deliver the notice, she told the court. “We asked the investigator to tell us what the charges were. Our request was dismissed and we showed the video,” she said. [of Mazari-Hazir’s remarks].”

Zhanhua said he had submitted a detailed response to the police on the same day. “We previously had a video [original] And we accept it today.”

The defense attorney also said her client expressed “regret” at her remarks and admitted that “something that should not have happened has happened.”

“If the applicant asks for forgiveness, what is left in the case?” he asked

However, lawyers for the JAG branch argued that the word forgiveness was never mentioned in the answer submitted by Mazari-Hazir. “She has to apologize in front of the press if she has to apologize,” he added.

The court then granted Mazari-Hazir’s petition and dismissed the case against her.