The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister, Sardar Tanveer Ilyas, has been disqualified from his position by the AJK High Court due to contemptuous remarks made against the judiciary in public speeches. The court had served notices to Ilyas earlier this week to explain his comments, where he indirectly accused the judiciary of hindering his government’s functionality and meddling with executive authority through stay orders.
During the court hearing, three video clips of Sardar Tanveer Ilyas were played, including his speech from last Saturday, and he was asked if he was challenging the charges. Ilyas admitted his fault and apologized unconditionally to the court, but the court dismissed his apology and sentenced him till the end of the court session.
Following the verdict, Ilyas went to the AJK Supreme Court and offered another apology, but the hearing was postponed for two weeks. The judges’ council discussed the matter and agreed that nobody could be allowed to undermine the courts’ dignity and authority.
The court’s decision was praised by PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry, who emphasized the importance of respecting court decisions, regardless of whether it was the prime minister of Pakistan or AJK. Chaudhry also advised the Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to learn from the court’s verdict.
As per the ruling, Sardar Tanveer Ilyas has now lost his position as AJK premier, and a new premier will be elected by the legislative assembly. However, Ilyas still has the option to appeal the decision in the AJK Supreme Court.