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LHC issues notices to Nawaz, Abbasi for 'defaming' country.

LAHORE -- The Lahore High Court on Monday issued notices to former prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on petitions against them for defaming Pakistan.

The petitioners said that Sharif defamed Pakistan through an interview on Mumbai attacks and Abbasi supported former's stance and shared minutes of the National Security Council's meeting with him.

A full bench led by Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi was hearing the case moved by Pakistan Zindabad and Amna Malik of Civil Society Network. The petitioner's counsel appeared before the bench and said that Nawaz Sharif through his interview to a local English newspaper blamed Pakistan for supporting the attackers of Mumbai attacks.

The counsel said Nawaz Sharif's statement could be used against Pakistan by its enemies. Sharif's remarks amounted to sedition while former prime minister Abbasi violated his oath. He said that Abbasi, instead of taking any action, supported the stance of Sharif and shared with him details of the National Security Council meeting.

The counsel pleaded that the disqualified premier rejected the statement of the National Security Council and thus committed the act of sedition. Therefore, he said, action should be taken against him as per the constitution as well as the Pakistan Penal Code.

He prayed to the court to take strict action against Sharif for trying to defame the state and state institutions through anti-state interviews and also against Pemra for allowing broadcasting of the stuff. He also prayed to the court to award punishment to former premier Abbasi for violating his oath by disclosing minutes of the meeting of the National Security Council to disqualified prime minister Sharif.

After hearing the arguments of petitioners' counsels, the bench issued notices to Nawaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as well journalist Cyril Almeida who published the interview of Nawaz Sharif. The court adjourned further hearing until June 29.

The same bench reserved verdict on petitions against two leaders of PML-N who took out rally against the judiciary in Kasur.

Former MNA Waseem Akhtar, former MPA Naeem Safdar, former municipal chairman Ayaz Khan, former vice-chairman Ahmad Latif, Nasir Khan and Jamil Khan were also present there in the courtroom.

The accused questioned the investigation of the prosecution on merits and also tendered unconditional apology before the court.

President of Kasur District Bar Association Mirza Naseem and others had moved the petitions stating that the protest rally taken out by the parliamentarians and local government leaders affiliated with the ruling PML-N was a planned conspiracy against the institution of judiciary. They said they damaged the state institution through the rally and thus committed the contempt of court. The petitioners prayed the court to take strict action against the contemnors for taking out rally and hurling abuses at the judges of the superior courts.

LHC issues notice on plea against removal of AGP

The Lahore High Court on Monday issued a notice to the Punjab law secretary on a petition challenging removal of Asma Hamid as advocate general of Punjab by the interim government.

Justice Ali Akbar Qureshi took up the petition moved by Lahore High Court Bar Association Secretary Hassan Warraich and directed the provincial law secretary to submit his reply on Tuesday (today).

The petitioner said the interim government removed Asma Hamid as advocate general of Punjab, but it was beyond its jurisdiction. He argued that mandate of the interim government was to ensure fair elections. He said the act of the interim government to remove Asma Hamid as AGP was unlawful as it was bound to ask the ECP to make transfers and postings. The lawyer asked the court to set aside her removal and reinstate her to the post of the AGP.

The interim government removed Asma Hamid on June 20 and also ten other newly appointed assistant advocates general.

Last week, the LHC set aside removal of 10 assistant advocates general and reinstated them to their posts.
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Publication:The Nation (Karachi, Pakistan)
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Date:Jun 26, 2018
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