LHC issues notices to Nawaz Sharif, federal ministers over contempt petition

Dunya News

The claimant has also requested to ban broadcasting of Nawaz Sharif's speeches.

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday has issued notices to former Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif and 11 federal ministers over contempt of court petition.

A petition was filed by advocate Azhar Siddiq on the behalf of Amna Malik in which it was stated that Nawaz Sharif delivered anti-judiciary speeches during his Grand Trunk Road rally and termed Supreme Court (SC) verdict of disqualifying him in Panama Leaks case as conspiracy.

The plaintiff said that people were continuously incited against the judiciary, therefore, the court should ban broadcasting of his addresses.

During the hearing, the advocate remarked that Nawaz Sharif’s speeches not only come under contempt of court but also treason over which Justice Mamoon-ur-Rasheed asked how they come under treason.

The lawyer responded that as per the Constitution, no one is allowed to say anything against judiciary and army.

Subsequently, the judge issued notices to 12 people including Nawaz Sharif.

Earlier on August 10, Nawaz Sharif departed for Lahore from Islamabad via GT Road and reached on August 13 amid applause and love from the passionate Pakistan Muslim-League-Nawaz (PML-N) supporters.

Throughout the journey, Nawaz Sharif addressed in big cities including Gujrat, Gujranwala, Muridke and Lahore and denied the SC decision, asking his workers to support him.

He also claimed to take no bribe or commit corrupt practices, saying he was ousted for not taking salary from his own son. "Your prime ministers have been treated this way for the past 70 years," he said.

“This is 2017 and we came in 2013. Pakistan of 2017 is far better. Does Nawaz Sharif deserve such treatment,” ex-PM asked. 

He asserted that Pakistan is not a property of a few people but belongs to all.