Treason case : Nawaz expected to appear before LHC
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Treason case : Nawaz expected to appear before LHC

Lahore, Oct 8: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) supremo and Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will appear before the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday in a treason case pertaining to controversial interview with Dawn.

Former Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Dawn Assistant Editor Cyril Almeida are set to appear before a full bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) for hearing of a petition seeking treason proceedings against the two ex-PMs and journalist, Pakistan daily, Dawn reported.

Security has been ramped up around LHC premises, with a contingent of Rangers and police officials deployed outside the court, and greater vigilance at the entry and exit points of the court as Sharif is expected to appear before the three-judge bench headed by Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi today. Justice Atir Mahmood and Justice Chaudhry Masood Jahangir are other members of the bench.

Nawaz Sharif, who was recently released after receiving bail in the Avenfield case, did not attend the last hearing, since he was receiving condolences over the death of his wife, according to PML-N Lawyers Forum President Naseer Ahmad Bhutta, who assured the court that the ex-PM would appear.

The bench had, in the last hearing, issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Almeida and also ordered the authorities concerned to put him on the Exit Control List for not attending the proceedings.

The newspaper editor had already announced that Cyril Almeida is a law-abiding citizen and would definitely appear before the court.

A civil society member, Amina Malik, had filed the petition on the basis of an interview given by Sharif to Dawn on May 11. According to the petition, the former PM spoke about cross-border militancy and the need to end it.

After the publication of the interview, the National Security Council held a meeting to deliberate on the matter. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who was prime minister at the time, called on Mr Sharif to take him into confidence about the deliberations.

According to the petitioner, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s action amounted to sedition as he had violated his oath of office. (UNI)