LHC rejects petitions to initiate treason case against Nawaz Sharif on Mumbai attacks’ statement

09:06 AM | 17 May, 2018
LHC rejects petitions to initiate treason case against Nawaz Sharif on Mumbai attacks’ statement
LAHORE - Petitions submitted in the Lahore High Court (LHC) to register a treason case against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on his controversial remarks about Mumbai attacks were rejected on Thursday.

Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza on Wednesday reserved the verdict regarding maintainability of the petitions filed by General Secretary Pakistan Awami Tehreek Khurram Nawaz Gandapur and another by Chairman Pakistan Zindabad Party Aftab Virk Advocate.

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The high court has directed the petitioners to move the right forum in this regard.

The petitioners alleged that the statement given by Nawaz was against national security and state institutions and pleaded the court to start high treason proceedings against him under Article 6 of the Constitution

Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal had also been made respondent in the petition apart from Nawaz.

Sharif in an exclusive interview with Dawn slammed the slow probe and questioned the authorities who allowed the Mumbai attacks ‘to take place from Pakistan soil’.

“Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?” Sharif had asked in the interview.

“We have isolated ourselves. Despite giving sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted. Afghanistan’s narrative is being accepted, but ours is not. We must look into it,” he added.

The controversial statement was immediately taken up by Indian media, which termed the Nawaz Sharif's remarks as a confession of Pakistan’s role in the Mumbai attacks that left 166 people dead.