Warrants for former PM Shahid Abbasi issued


LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday issued bailable arrest warrants for former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in a case pertaining to sedition and violating his oath of office as PM.
According to a private television channel report, a LHC bench headed by Justice Mazahar Ali Naqvi, ordered to issue arrest warrants of the former PM after he failed to appear in the court during the hearing. The court also ordered Abbasi to pay Rs one million in surety bonds.
The petitioner had sought action against Abbasi and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif for trying to defame state institutions. The petition says that Nawaz defamed state institutions by giving an interview about Mumbai attacks to an English daily’s reporter Cyril Almeida.
The petition further says that after a National Security Council meeting held to discuss Sharif’s “misleading” statement, Abbasi had met the PML-N leader had disclosed the minutes of meeting to Sharif which is a clear violation of his oath of office.
The court today also ordered that notices be served to PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif through the Adiala Jail superintendent, and to Cyril Almeida via the senior superintendent police Islamabad. – NNI