Nawaz, Abbasi refute allegations in high treason case
A three-member LHC full bench headed by Justice Mazahar Ali Naqvi and comprising Justice Atir Mahmood and Justice Chaudhry Masood Jahangir heard the case filed against former premiers Abbasi, Nawaz Sharif and journalist Cyril Almeida.
Nawaz in his reply submitted in court after consultations with his legal aides stated that “an allegation as grave as treason is unimaginable”.
The former premier further stated, “Can those who make the country supreme be treacherous? Or can those who eliminate terrorism from the country be treacherous?”
Abbas in his reply said, “I did not speak to Nawaz regarding the National Security Council (NSC) meeting and only discussed party matters with him”.
The former premier further said, “The news report mentioned in the petition is also factually incorrect.”
The bench had directed the former premiers to submit a reply in court today regarding the case, however, only Shahid Khaqan Abbasi appeared before the bench which riled the bench as well.
He should have been present for the hearing, Justice Mazahar Ali Naqvi remarked.
Upon this, Nawaz's counsel, Naseer Bhutta responded that the court had summoned a reply which has been submitted.
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To this, Justice Naqvi then observes that Abbasi respects the courts and is present today.
In response, Bhutta said Nawaz' no show does not tantamount to disrespecting the courts.
However, the head of the three-judge bench then stated that if Nawaz could not appear today for whatever reason, then you should have submitted a petition.
Responding to the judge, Nawaz's counsel said during the first hearing, he had got the impression that Sharif was needed to appear for one time only.
'It is fine that you got the wrong impression, but next time a petition should be submitted over failure to appear in court,' Justice Naqvi remarked.
The hearing of the case was then adjourned till November 12.
What's The Case?
Advocate Azhar Siddiqui had filed a petition alleging that Abbasi shared crucial details of the National Security Council (NSC) meeting with his predecessor Nawaz following his statements on the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
By leaking details of the NSC Abbasi committed high treason, the petitioner pleaded.
The petitioner had argued that Nawaz's controversial interview to a newspaper - with which Cyril Almeida is associated - had dented the country’s image and sovereignty.
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The petitioner further prayed upon the court to order a treason trial against the three respondents. Nawaz Sharif, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Cyril Almeida and Zafar Abbas appeared before the court on October 8th.
The Lahore High Court also withdrew the arrest warrants issued against Cyril Almeida and also ordered that his name be struck off the Exit Control List (ECL).
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