LHC adjourns plea against Nawaz, Khaqan till Nov 12

LHC adjourns plea against Nawaz, Khaqan till Nov 12

LAHORE: A Lahore High Court full bench on Monday adjourned hearing of a petition seeking strict action against former prime ministers Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi till November 12.

The bench headed by Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi heard the petition filed by Amina Malik seeking strict action against former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for trying to defame state institutions, through alleged anti-state interview, and former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for not honouring his oath of office by allegedly disclosing minutes of the National Security Council's meeting to his party leader.

At the outset of the proceedings, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Cyril Almeida appeared before the bench.

The bench was apprised that replies had been filed on behalf of the respondents including Nawaz Sharif, Shahid Khaqan and Cyril.

However, the bench took notice of Nawaz Sharif's absence and observed that he should be present in the court. The bench remarked that application for exemption from hearing should be filed in case of his non-appearance in future, which would be decided in accordance with law.

Subsequently, the bench adjourned hearing till November 12 and directed the petitioner's counsel to advance his arguments on next hearing.