Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan still has time to tender an apology, veteran journalist Matiullah Jan said on Thursday.
Jan made the remarks while speaking in Khabbar Se Aagey — the flagship show of Naya Daur TV. He said it would become extremely difficult for the Islamabad High Court to continue proceedings if Imran tendered an unqualified apology. There was still scope for that to happen, he said.
Lawyer Abdul Moiz Jaferii said the contempt case against the PTI chairman was a fairly straightforward one. Taking notice of this was incumbent on the IHC. He said only Imran’s vanity was to be blamed for foisting this upon him. Jaferii said Imran should have quickly tendered an apology. This, however, he had not done. Given the situation, Jaferii said, the IHC should apologise to itself, he said in a lighter vein.
The IHC, the lawyer said, would now have to burden this wait. If the court wanted to let off Imran easy, it should have not taken notice. If they wanted the opposite, they should have not dragged proceedings.
Journalist Abdul Qayyum Siddiqui said the situation was now critical. He quoted Imran as telling him off the record that him not appending a signature in a reply to the court was actually a response to the IHC’s questions.
Khabbar Se Aagey, the flagship show of Naya Daur, airs at 9pm Monday to Friday.