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Case filed against Nihal Hashmi over inciting remarks about civil servants

A case was registered on Sunday against PML-N leader Nihal Hashmi over his recent inciting remarks about civil servants.

According to the sources, a copy of which is available with Dawn News, the case was filed in Bahadurabad police station under Sections 189 (Threat of injury to public servant), 228 (Intentional insult or interruption to public servant sitting in judicial proceeding) and 505 (Statements conducing to public mischief) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

It is pertinent to mention that the Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) had asked the Sindh prosecutor general on Saturday to initiate proceedings against Hashmi. The AGP wrote a letter to the prosecutor general stating that since the speech was made by Hashmi in Karachi, proceeding against him be initiated there.

Hashmi had resigned from Senate hours after a video leaked last week, showing him lashing out at those investigating Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family.

In the video, the senator had warned that those conducting the investigation will be “taken to task” for grilling the premier’s family. His remarks were apparently made in reference to a Supreme Court-sanctioned investigation into the Sharif family’s business dealings abroad. Hashmi’s membership of the PML-N had been suspended and a show-cause notice issued to him.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar also took suo motu notice of Hashmi’s remarks and summoned him in person on Thursday to appear before the bench implementing its Panama Papers verdict.