LHC dismisses treason pleas submitted by opposition against Nawaz Sharif

  • LHC dismisses treason pleas submitted by opposition against Nawaz Sharif

LHC dismisses treason pleas submitted by opposition against Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz, the former prime minster, in an interview to Dawn had said: "should we allow them [non-state actors] to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai?" - remarks that were perceived across the border as an open admission that the state of Pakistan was involved in the infamous 2008 Mumbai attacks.

In April, the Supreme Court, in a landmark judgement, declared Sharif ineligible to hold public office for life, ending the political future of the three-time premier ahead of this year's general elections.

In February, the apex court also disqualified Sharif as the head of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). However, he also added that he will try and convince the PML-N "supreme leader" to consult his party before talking on sensitive matters.

Aftab Virk, in his petition, alleged that Sharif's remarks on the Mumbai attack amounted to treason as he had maligned national institutions as well as the country.

Shahbaz, according to DawnNews TVs sources, said no one should say things which could hurt the country, and assured his party that there will soon be a softness in Sharifs rhetoric on contentious issues. After the meeting PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had said media had misreported Nawaz Sharif's statement.

On May 12, Nawaz gave an interview to a local daily in which he had stated, "Militant organisations are active. It is unacceptable that Nawaz is being termed a traitor", Geo TV quoted Prime Minister Abbasi, as saying.

Lawmakers said that these recent statements will create problems for the party during the elections.

The meeting was convened to deliberate selection of party candidates in Punjab for the upcoming general elections.

The PML-N president promised to take their grievances to party supremo Nawaz Sharif, the report said.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.