Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday tendered an apology before the Islamabad High Court for having threatened a female judge in his speech during a rally last month.
As the judiciary adopted a strict stance and began considering contempt proceedings, the cricketer-turned-politician shed aside his earlier defiance and appeared before the court with a promise that he would never repeat such acts. Khan also promised to apologise in person to the lady judge Zeba Chaudhary, whom he had allegedly threatened in his speech in a rally in August, according to Pakistani daily The Dawn. The court deferred contempt proceedings against Khan following the apology, the publication reported.
“I apologise if I crossed any line. It won’t happen again. I never intended to hurt the sentiments of the court,” the former prime minister and chief of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) party said in his submission, according to media reports. Khan also assured the court that he would never commit “such an act again,” Pakistani newspaper The Nation reported.
The Islamabad HC was set to frame charges against the former prime minister during the hearing.