Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain tendered an unconditional apology to the Supreme Court of Pakistan in the case filed against him on contempt of court. The apex court has accepted the unconditional apology of the, disposing the charges against the MQM leader.
The SC had issued a contempt of court notice on Dec 14, during a hearing of the Karachi law and order case, to Hussain and his party’s deputy convener Dr Farooq Sattar over the former’s remarks towards the SC judges.
Accepting the apology, the three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry also dismissed the contempt of court notice against the MQM chief.
The apology, in written, was submitted in the court by the counsel for the MQM, Barrister Farogh Naseem on Monday. The MQM leader in his request said that he apologized to the court if he had committed any mistake during his speech, adding that he respects the court
In his apology, the MQM chief held the stance that he had worked towards rule of law his entire life. It was also stated that the speech, that prompted the notice, was not aimed at ridiculing the apex court.
However, the MQM pleaded the apex court to exempt Altaf from appearing in person before the court in response to the contempt notice. MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar said it would not be possible for Altaf Hussain to appear before the Supreme Court due to unavoidable circumstances.