Top Pakistani court summons Imran Khan for contempt

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 August, 2013, 1:42am

Pakistan's top court has summoned cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan for a contempt hearing today over his "critical and derogatory" remarks against the judiciary, a statement said.

Khan, the head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party, which made a major breakthrough at the May 11 general election, alleged that the polls were rigged and criticised the judiciary and the Election Commission for not taking notice.

"While holding [a] press conference on 26.7.2013, he [Khan] stated that the role of [the] judiciary and Election Commission of Pakistan is shameful in the conduct of general elections; that the elections were rigged, due to [the] role played by these two institutions," the statement on Wednesday said.

"These remarks are fairly critical and very derogatory," the statement said, adding that Khan had indulged in a "deliberate campaign to scandalise" the judiciary.

Khan's PTI finished in third place in the recent election, behind Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), which formed the government.

If convicted, lawyers say Khan could face up to six months in prison.