Pakistan’s highest court has sentenced a lawmaker to one month in jail and prevented him from taking public office for the next five years after he had been condemned last year in a speech about threats from investigators.
In the February 1 ruling, the Supreme Court fined Nehal Hashmi of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) a fine of 50,000 rupees ($ 450).
The decision came one day after Hashmi apologized in a speech in May 2017 threatening “investigators” with former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family.
“We will make your life and [the life] of your family members unhappy,” he said.
Hashmi’s PML-N membership was suspended after a video showed how he had delivered the speech that came when a joint investigation team mandated by the Supreme Court investigated the affairs of the Sharif family.
Sharif was removed from office by the Supreme Court in July 2017 for failing to disclose foreign assets and other corruption allegations.
He pleaded not guilty.
Sharif’s ally, twice prime minister and overthrown in a military coup in 1999, has called the case a political revenge and suggested that the powerful Pakistani forces could be behind it.