Khawaja Asif wins right to cross-examine PM in defamation case 

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Published: 11:08 AM, 20 Jan, 2022
Khawaja Asif wins right to cross-examine PM in defamation case 
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The Islamabad High Court has accepted the plea of senior PML-N leader Khawaja Asif and granted him the right to cross-examine Prime Minister Imran Khan in the defamation case, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah on Thursday heard the petition filed by Kh Asif challenging a sessions court order which barred the petitioner from cross-examining the Prime Minister in the defamation case pertaining to the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust funds’ utilization. 

Justice Minallah while accepting former defence minister Kh Asif’s application, allowed his lawyer to cross-examine the premier. 

Kh Asif challenged the sessions court decision in the Islamabad High Court. 

The CJ remarked that the IHC would order the trial court to decide the case in two months. He said that the case should be heard on daily basis and decision must be taken on time. 

Justice Minallah inquired of Kh Asif’s lawyer why he was unnecessarily pending the case. He remarked that it’s better if care must be shown while taking up such unnecessary cases.

The judge further asked whether issues had been framed in this case. 

Kh Asif’s lawyer answered in affirmative. 

While addressing PM Imran’s lawyer, the judge said to him that cross-examining was other party’s right. He remarked that the trial court should have fixed the next date for cross-examination then it would have been regarded a fair trial. 

Imran’s lawyer informed the court that the other party did not come to the court for the last one year. 

The judge wondered that the statement was recorded on December 17, how could the sessions court reject their right of cross examination on that very day.

Reporter Ehtisham Kiyani