Islamabad High Court on Monday accepted the apologies of Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan and Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan, and took back its contempt of court notices against them.

Awan and Sarwar appeared before IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah in today’s hearing of the contempt of court cases against them.

During the hearing, Justice Minallah lauded the ministers for saying that their remarks were political. The judge also accepted that no one is perfect, including the judiciary. He added that damaging the trust of people in the judiciary for political gain is not beneficial.

The IHC chief justice said, “The court was satisfied that whatever you [Awan and Sarwar] said falls under contempt of court but despite that the contempt of court show cause notice is being taken back.”

Justice Minallah said that he hoped that the ministers will work on increasing the people trust's in the institutions, and avoid giving irresponsible remarks. He added that courts do not shy away from criticism but welcome it.

The chief justice added that he hoped that the ministers will not comment on the ongoing cases in the future. Commenting on the court’s decision, Awan’s lawyer Shah Khawar thanked the court for taking back the show cause notice against his client.