Islamabad [Pakistan], Aug 10 (NT): the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a showcause notice by Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and television host Aamir Liaquat Hussain on Friday.
A Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar headed three-member bench issued the notice. The bench was hearing a petition filed by a TV channel-- the Jang group-- against Hussain. Justice Nisar questioned his credibility for being in the Parliament, as the Dawn reported.
The TV channel's legal counsel Faisal Iqbal had argued in the court that Hussain had "accused Geo TV anchor Shahzeb Khanzada of supporting blasphemy convicts".
"He also levelled grave allegations against Najam Sethi. No one has the right to call anyone infidel or traitor," Iqbal further said .
Following a video clip of the TV programmes, where Hussain was portrayed to have pronounced the remarks, was played, Justice Nisar said, "Do (you) teach the general public this through TV? A person who does not know what to say at a public forum, should he be in the parliament?"
Justice Nisar also considered withdrawal of Hussain's recent victory from the constituency NA-249 in the recently-held Pakistan General Elections.
This step has taken after the Supreme Court had ruled Hussain's existing employers-- Bol news-- to not exhibit any "hateful content", or being charged with contempt of court.