LONDON: Additional District and Sessions Judge Humayun Dilawar who handed down a sentence to the former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief on charges of concealing assets and corrupt practices, remains enrolled in the University of Hull’s programme, confirmed by the university official.
Reports have been doing rounds on social media, suggesting that the Pakistani judge’s participation had been terminated due to an online campaign by the former ruling party.
However, as per the media reports, the university officials said that these claims were baseless and lacking evidence. The university clarified that Judge Dilawar is continuing his scheduled coursework and will remain at the university until the programme concludes.
Earlier, the university explained that it has been offering human rights and rule of law training for Pakistani judges since 2014. The participants are selected by their respective high courts in Pakistan.
Other judicial officers participating in or visiting the Hull University program include Zeba Chaudhry, Kamran Basharat, Shoaib Bilal, Abida Sajjad, Saima Iqbal, Ayesha Shabbir, Saqib Jawad, Rizwan Qureshi, and Sanam Bukhari.
“The current group of participants has been chosen by the Islamabad High Court, the Peshawar High Court, and the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The university has no involvement in the selection of judges,” the statement noted.
Judge Humayun Dilawar, who sentenced the PTI chairman to a three-year prison term in the Toshakhana case, travelled to London after delivering the verdict.
Following the verdict, the PTI supporters in the UK expressed their intent to confront Judge Dilawar.