Lahore: On Monday, October 8, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif along with two others accused, appeared before the Court, in the matter wherein, the accused persons have been charged with treason.
Earlier on September 24, the Lahore High Court, had summoned the accused persons. The accused persons included former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, former PM, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and journalist Cyril Almedia of a leading Pakistani newspaper, Dawn.
In May this year, Sharif in an interview to a leading Pakistani newspaper, Dawn, had stated that persons connected with Mumbai terror attack in the year 2008 were Pakistani citizens, further he publicly acknowledged the active presence of militant organizations in Pakistan and further questioned the policy to allow the "non-state actors" to cross the border and "kill" people in Mumbai.
In the dreadful Mumbai attacks carried out by 10 LeT Terrorists, around 166 people were killed. The police out of the ten attackers was able to kill nine attackers, leave alone sole survivor, Ajmal Kasab. Eventually, the tenth attacker was caught and ultimately sentenced to death towards punishment of the horrific attacks.
During the hearing, the Court ordered removal of the controversial journalist from the exit control list (ECL) and further, withdrew the arrest warning against him. Previously, the Court had raised its dismay on the absence of Cyril Almeida and subsequently issued a non-bailable warrant against him for his absenteeism during the proceedings.
Amina Malik, submitted the petition through her Advocate on record, Advocate Azhar Siddiqui, who submitted that pursuant to the interview, a meeting of the National Security Council was held in order to discuss the misleading statement made by Sharif. During the meeting, former PM, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, discussed concerns of military leadership on the controversial statement. However, it is pertinent to note that the act of Abbasi, disclosing confidential information classified as a clear violation of his oath since he allowed his personal relationship to get in the way of his professional commitment and duty.
The Court adjourning the hearing has directed the three accused to file their submissions before the Court by October 22.