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Plea in LHC seeks treason case against Nawaz Sharif, Shahid Khaqan

LAHORE: A petition was filed on Friday in Lahore High Court (LHC) to register a treason case against former prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

According to details, the petition stated that due to controversial remarks of the ousted premier Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s position went on backfoot in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which concluded hearing the infamous Kulbhushan Jhadev case.

The petition also asked LHC to reserve an early date for its hearing.

On Wednesday, presenting its second and final round of arguments in Kulbhushan Jadhav case at the ICJ, India referred to an interview by Nawaz Sharif regarding Mumbai attacks.

Advocate Harish Salve presented his arguments before a 15-member bench headed by President Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf. In his arguments, he alleged that Pakistan is used as a safe haven by the United Nations (UN) proscribed terrorist entities and individuals like Dawood Ibrahim.

He referred to an interview given by Nawaz Sharif to a newspaper and said, “Prominent Pakistan newspaper carried (Nawaz) Sharif’s interview in which he acknowledged Pakistan’s role in 26/11. This interview has not been denied.”

Earlier, on Thursday, Pakistan presented its concluding arguments in a case pertaining to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav at the ICJ.

Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal spoke to media after the hearing and said that Pakistan hopes that justice is served for the sake of those affected by Jadhav’s terrorism across Pakistan.

FO spokesman said that Pakistan’s counsel Khawar Qureshi presented a comprehensive case before the court, which listened patiently to it. He said that India has not responded about the passport issue and didn’t present any evidence in this regard.

English Queen’s Counsel Khawar Qureshi said that the case does not engage the Vienna Convention as India failed to establish that Jadhav is its national.

Stating that “a decision regarding Jadhav’s nationality has not yet been made”, Qureshi said, “India did not state whether he is Kulbushan Jadhav or Hussain Mubarak Patel.”

“How can India demand consular access when it did not confirm Jadhav’s nationality?” he questioned. “India should tell why the consular access agreement does not apply to Jadhav.”

Pakistan’s counsel said that India knew that if it comes to the issue of consular access then it would have to cooperate with Pakistan. “Which is why India directly approached the ICJ,” he added.



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