High Treason case against former premiers: LHC held hearing
LAHORE - New developments have been reported in the Lahore High Court over the high treason case.
Former* prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and journalist Cyril Almeida on Monday appeared before the Lahore High Court (LHC) in a treason case.*
*Former premier Nawaz Sharif did not show up during the hearing.*
A three-judge bench of the LHC, headed by Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi, took up a petition seeking registration of a high treason case against two former premiers – Nawaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi – and journalist Cyril Almeida.
At the outset of the hearing, Justice Naqvi asked why did Nawaz Sharif not appear before the court? “Law is equal for everyone, if Nawaz Sharif intended to not attend the hearing then he should have submitted his exemption plea,” the Justice remarked.
As the hearing went underway, Cyril Almedia submitted his response before the bench while the legal counsel of Abbasi was instructed to present his client’s rejoinder.
Adjourning the case hearing until November 12, the LHC bench directed all three respondents in high treason case to ensure their presence in the next hearing.