Azad Kashmir’s Prime Minister Sardar Tanveer Ilyas has been removed by a full bench of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) High Court on Tuesday for contempt of court.
The decision of the high court comes after the Ilyas was summoned to AJK's supreme court and high court for using a "threatening tone" in one of his speeches.
Earlier, PM Ilyas appeared before the high court where he was welcomed by the PTI members.
A full bench, led by Justice Sadaqat Hussain Raja, conducted the hearing of the case. During the hearing, the clips featuring the prime minister were played.
AJK PM Ilyas gave an unconditional apology to the court, saying "I apologise unconditionally if any of my words hurt the judge." The AJK premier was sentenced till the rising of the court.
On Monday, the superior courts of AJK had separately served notices Ilyas to explain his position with regard to his “derogatory remarks about the superior judiciary in his speeches at public meetings”.
The notices, served through his principal secretary, asked Ilyas to separately appear before the high court and the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
At a function in Islamabad over the weekend, Ilyas had indirectly blamed the judiciary for affecting the functioning of his government and interfering in the domain of the executive through the grant of stay orders.
He had particularly referred to a $15 million Saudi-funded education sector project, saying it had been in a limbo because the court had issued a stay order on it. Similarly, he had also taken strong exception to the “de-sealing by the courts of tobacco factories involved in tax evasion to the tune of billions of rupees”.