LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Qasim Khan has imposed a fine of Rs200,000 on a petitioner claiming non-existence of coronavirus.

The CJ heard the petition filed by Azhar Abbas regarding non-existence of coronavirus.

During the hearing, the petitioner said that he has also written to the World Health Organization (WHO) about the non-existence of coronavirus. “I have filed the petition regarding the non-existence of coronavirus. The virus does not exist. My position must be heard. Coronavirus does not spread by touching or meeting anyone and I am ready to prove it,” the petitioner submitted.

The Punjab additional advocate general said that he would present all the documents related to coronavirus before the court at the next hearing.

The public prosecutor said that the petitioner had also filed a similar petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), which was later rejected by the court.

The CJ addressed the petitioner and said: “You do not want the current pandemic to be cured. Your point cannot be taken into account.”

“There is no such thing. I say that coronavirus does not exist,” replied the petitioner.

The CJ find the petitioner guilty of filing baseless petitions and announced: “I am dismissing your petition and ordering payment of a fine of Rs200,000.” The CJ also ordered the fine be recovered under the Revenue Act.

Shahab Omer

The writer is a member of the staff. He can be reached on Twitter: @shahab_omer, and on email: [email protected]


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