Former senator Nehal Hashmi was released from Adiala Jail on Wednesday. Supporters gathered outside Adiala Jail and showered him with rose petals.
Islamabad, (Pakistan Point News - 28th Feb, 2018) : Former senator Nehal Hashmi was released from Adiala Jail on Wednesday. Supporters gathered outside Adiala Jail and showered him with rose petals. The Supreme Court (SC) on February 01 had sentenced Hashmi to one month in prison and Rs50,000 after finding him guilty of contempt of court. He was also barred from holding public office for the next five years. A three-member bench of the apex court ' headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Dost Mohammad' had announced the verdict.
Further, the bench dismissed an unconditional apology, which Hashmi had submitted to the court on January 24 for his threatening video message against "those investigating" former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family. On May 28, Hashmi triggered a political storm by threatening the members of the joint investigation team (JIT) and Supreme Court judges of "dire consequences" after their retirement for probing Sharif family in connection with Panama papers case.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sought his resignation from Senate seat and suspended his party membership. Without identifying who he was referring to, Hashmi said, "You will not be spared; you are in service now but remember you will retire tomorrow." Hashmi's threatening speech drew instant reaction from the Supreme Court, with Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar taking suo motu notice and summoning the PML-N leader to appear in person before the implementation bench supervising the work of the Panama JIT. "Those investigating us [must know] we will observe your day of judgment," he stated further.