LAHORE: A Lahore High Court (LHC) full bench on Monday sought replies from former prime ministers, Muhammad
The bench also withdrew non-bailable arrest warrants for Dawn's journalist Cyril Almeida and ordered to remove his name from the Exit Control List (ECL) besides seeking a reply from him.
The bench headed by Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi passed the orders while hearing a petition filed by Amina
Malik seeking strict action against former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for trying to defame state institutions, through an alleged anti-state interview, and former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for not honouring his oath of office by disclosing minutes of the National Security Council's meeting to his party leader.
Cyril Almeida submitted that he did not receive earlier notices issued for his appearance while replying to a court
query regarding his absence on previous hearings.
At this, Justice Mazahar observed that the bench had issued Cyril's non-bailable arrest warrants and also ordered to put his name on the ECL to ensure his appearance in the court.
Since he has appeared before the bench, therefore, his arrest warrants are withdrawn, he said and ordered to remove his name from ECL as well.
respondents for filing written replies to the petition.
A deputy attorney general submitted reports on behalf of Information Ministry and Cabinet Division in the matter. He
further apprised the bench that the matter was related to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), in
response to a bench query regarding action taken by the government in the matter.
However, the bench did not agree with law officer's stance observing that the issue did not fall under PEMRA ambit.
What action government has taken in this regard, the three-member bench questioned.
To which, the law officer sought time for seeking instructions from concerned quarters in this regard.
At this, the bench observed that it was a quite sensitive issue and the attorney general should be present in the
court,besides directing attorney general to attend the next hearing.
Justice Mazahar further inquired from Shahid Khaqan Abbasi whether he had filed an application seeking exemption
from hearings owing to upcoming by-polls.
To which, Abbasi submitted that the application would be filed today. Abbasi's counsel also requested the bench to
adjourn the hearing and fix it after the by-polls scheduled for October 14.
Subsequently, the bench adjourned the matter till October 22.
The petitioner had submitted Nawaz Sharif on May 11, 2018, during his interview to an English newspaper gave a misleading statement about Mumbai attacks.
The petitioner said a meeting of the National Security Council was held to discuss the misleading statement and after
the meeting then prime minister Abbasi met Nawaz Sharif and conveyed him the concerns of the military leadership and minutes of the meeting.
She said the act of Abbasi was a clear violation of his oath as he was bound not to allow his personal interest to
influence his official conduct. She pleaded that the disqualified premier had committed sedition by rejecting the
statement of the National Security Council and was liable for an action as directed in the Constitution as well as in the
Pakistan Penal Code.