LAHORE: A case was registered on Monday against PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and other party leaders at the Shahdara police station in Lahore for ‘conspiring’ against the country and state institutions.
The case was registered by a citizen, Badar Rasheed, under Section 10 (cyberterrorism) of the Pakistan Electronic Crimes Act (2016), and sections 120-A (definition of criminal conspiracy), 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 121-A (conspiracy to wage war against Pakistan), 123-A (condemning the creation of the country and advocating the abolishment of its sovereignty), 124-A (sedition) and 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
The FIR also names party leaders Maryam Nawaz, Rana Sanaullah, Ahsan Iqbal, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Pervez Rashid, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Ataullah Tarar, and others that participated in the PML-N’s Central Executive Committee and Central Working Committee meetings held last week.
The complainant states that Nawaz has several corruption cases against him that are currently under trial in the courts. It alleges that in the speeches made on September 20 and October 1, the former premier supported the policies of neighboring India, so that Pakistan would continue to remain on the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) ‘grey list’.
The aim of the speeches is also to divert attention from human rights violations in occupied Kashmir to benefit Nawaz’s “friend” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the complainant says.
Meanwhile, the Islamabad High Court on Monday reserved its verdict on the maintainability of a plea seeking a ban on Nawaz’s speeches.
The petition states that Nawaz has started actively participating in politics and has initiated a smear campaign against state institutions, after going abroad on the pretext of availing medical treatment.