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Treason petition in Pakistan court against Sharif

IANS  |  Islamabad 

A petition was submitted in the (LHC) on Monday to register a treason case against ousted following his controversial remarks on 2008 attacks.

The petition, filed by political party Awaami Tehreek's (PAT) Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, stated that Sharif's statement was against national security and state institutions. "Nawaz Sharif's statement is tantamount to treason. Instructions should be given to register a treason case against him," it said.

Federal was also mentioned as a respondent in the petition apart from Sharif, the Express Tribune reported.

The former during an interview to Dawn on May 12 had admitted that "militant organisations were active in Pakistan" and "such terror strikes (26/11) could have been prevented". At least 166 Indians and foreigners were killed in the bloodbath.

"Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Explain it to me," he had said, in a clear reference to the killings blamed on 10 Pakistani terrorists. One of them was caught and hanged.

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

Later, Sharif faced a volley of criticism for his remarks. Opposition parties, including the Peoples Party (PPP) and Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), launched a broadside against him, calling him a "security threat".

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz stalwart Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the former Interior Minister, did not endorse Sharif's statement. He held responsible for the delay in the trial of the Mumbai attack suspects.

Following this, a was also held to discuss Sharif's "misleading" statement.

The top brass of military leadership, including Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and Inter-Services Intelligence attended the meeting, held at the House.



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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 15:14 IST