PML-N leader Talal Chaudhry. - A file photo

PESHAWAR: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday declared the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former minister of state Talal Chaudhry guilty of contempt of court after which he stands disqualified for five years.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed had reserved the verdict on 11 July and announced it on Thursday. The court in its short order announced imprisonment of Talal Chaudhry till the rising of the court and also imposed fine of Rs100,000 on him.

After being convicted by the court, the former lawmaker is now ineligible to contest election and hold public office for the next five years.

The Supreme Court had taken suo motu notice on February 1 of Talal Chaduhry’s anti-judiciary speech and later initiated contempt of court hearing against him.

Earlier, the PML-N former lawmaker and minister Daniyal Aziz was also disqualified by the Supreme Court for contempt of court.