Treason case: Nawaz ordered to appear, reporter placed on ECL

September 24, 2018

A court has ordered former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to appear on October 8 in a treason case.

The Lahore High Court has issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Dawn writer Cyril Almeida and ordered to place his name on the Exit Control List so he cannot leave the country.

On May 12, Nawaz Sharif had given an interview to Almeida in which he made a clear reference to the 2008 Mumbai attacks and said: “Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me.”

The petitioner, advocate Azhar Siddique, said that the remarks made by Nawaz Sharif were akin to treason.

Almeida has not appeared in three hearings of the case. Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was also nominated in the case.

On Monday, Abbasi appeared before the court after bailable warrants were issued on September 10.

On June 26, a full bench of the Lahore High Court issued notices to Abbasi and Sharif.

Action was sought against Nawaz Sharif on charges of defaming state institutions while Abbasi is being tried for disclosing minutes of a National Security Council meeting to Nawaz Sharif.