The News: Arrest warrant for Zaid Hamid issued again. May 18, 2014

KARACHI: Additional District and Sessions Judge South Abdul Qadoos Memon on Saturday again issued arrest warrant of political commentator Zaid Hamid and also issued orders to DPO Rawalpindi in this regard. The second accused and anchorperson of a private channel Mubashir Lucman has filed petition for exemption from the hearing.

During the hearing, counsel of Geo TV demanded the court to issue non-bailable arrest warrant for Zaid Hamid. On it the court said such warrant was issued at that time when the accused refused to receive bailable arrest warrant. It is to be mentioned here that the arrest warrant could not be received at the home of Zaid Hamid due to his absence. Meanwhile, the counsel of Mubashir Lucman filed immunity petition with the court by taking stand that his client was facing security problems and threats and he had to come to appear in the court from Lahore and due to engagements he could not appear in the court. The court adjourned the hearing till May 24.

 By making Zaid Hamid and Mubashir Lucman as party, the Independent Media Corporation in its petition adopted that in a programme ‘Kharra Sach’ of a private channel (ARY), baseless allegations were levelled against Geo/Jang Group that they were launching campaign against Pakistan by taking money from Indian news channel Doordarshan.

 Further allegations were also made against Geo in connection with ‘Zara Sochiea’ and ‘Aman Ki Asha’ in which it was said that Geo was carrying out negative campaign. The petitioner also provided CDs of that programme.

Source: The News

 

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The News: Asma Jehangir advises Zaid Hamid to stop ‘preaching patriotism’. April 8, 2014

KARACHI: Former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Asma Jehangir said on Wednesday that anybody can move to courts for seeking justice.

She advised Zaid Hamid to stop advocating patriotism on television channels and wait for the court’s verdict and added that she did not need to obtain any ‘certificate of patriotism’ from Zaid Hamid as she never considered it important. She said if the court awarded her any punishment, she would accept it gladly, adding that it was not the first time that such allegations were hurled at her.

Asma Jehangir pointed out that various lobbies could be backing the applicant as, she said, anything was possible in the country. She said she has been to several Hindu temples and churches and respects everyone’s place of worship.

Source: The News

Asma Jehangir on Zaid Hamid

Source: Daily Jang