LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday dismissed pleas submitted by opposition parties to initiate treason proceedings against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif owing to his controversial statements regarding the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
The petitions were filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistani Awami Tehreek (PAT).
The opposition parties filed the petitions in the LHC on May 14, to register a treason case against the former prime minister regarding his controversial remarks on Mumbai attacks.
The petition alleged that Nawaz’s statement was against the national security and state institutions. The petition also prayed upon the court to initiate proceedings under Article 6 of the Constitution against him.
Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal was also mentioned as a respondent in the petition apart from Nawaz.
On May 12, Nawaz gave an interview to a local daily in which he had stated, “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?”
“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.