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Lahore HC issues contempt of court notice to Nawaz Sharif

Lahore HC issues contempt of court notice to Nawaz Sharif
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gestures as he speaks to media after appearing before a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in Islamabad, Pakistan June 15, 2017. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Lahore [Pakistan]: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday issued contempt of court notices to former premier Nawaz Sharif and 13 senior leaders of Pakistan Muslim League -Nawaz (PML-N).

At the start of hearing, Justice Mamoon Rasheed Sheikh directed the petitioner’s counsel to present arguments why the case should be heard by the court.

The petition alleging contempt charges against Nawaz Sharif was filed by Amina Malik of the Civil Society Network on the grounds that the former Prime Minister attempted to undermine the Supreme Court’s verdict on Panamagate for disqualifying him during his recently completed GT Road rally from Islamabad to Rawalpindi and incited the public against the apex court and other state institutions, the Nation reported.

The petition pleads that Nawaz should be tried for treason as well as contempt of court.

The other members of parliament who have been served contempt of court notices are Khawaja Saad Rafique, Daniyal Aziz, Rana Sanaullah, Khawaja Asif, Talal Chaudhry, Asif Kirmani, Abid Sher Ali, Ishaq Dar including others.

The court has now been adjourned till the 25th of August. (ANI)