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The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday summoned Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal for an allegedly “anti-judiciary speech” against Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, that he had made last week.

The decision to call Iqbal to court was taken during a hearing on a petition against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and other PML-N leaders over their alleged anti-judiciary tirades.

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Last week, the interior minister during a seminar had criticised Chief Justice Saqib Nisar for allegedly leveling baseless allegations against him, saying that the latter had “no right to name-call people”.

Iqbal was referring to remarks made by Justice Nisar during a case in which the vice-chancellor of Lahore College for Women University, Prof Uzma Qureshi, was suspended. During the hearing, the chief justice had said that he knew Iqbal’s role in Qureshi’s appointment.

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