The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday issued a show cause notice to televangelist Aamir Liaquat for alleged contempt of court on his part, with Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar remarking “that such people should not be in the parliament”.

A three-member bench of the apex court, under Justice Nisar’s stewardship, issued the notice while hearing a private TV channel’s petition against Liaquat, who had missed the same case’s hearing yesterday.

After the case proceedings began today with Liaquat in attendance, Jang group’s counsel Faisal Iqbal told the court that the TV anchor, in one of his TV programmes, had “accused Geo TV anchor Shahzeb Khanzada of supporting blasphemy convicts”.

“He also levelled grave allegations against Najam Sethi,” the counsel added. “No one has the right to call anyone infidel or traitor.”