A Pakistani court today issued notices to ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and 13 senior leaders of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, including federal ministers, for insulting the Supreme Court judges.
The petitioner’s lawyer filed the plea in the Lahore High Court, saying that Sharif during his four-day homecoming rally from Islamabad to Lahore last week had made verbal attacks on the five Supreme Court judges who disqualified him in the Panama Papers case.
The petition said, Sharif and his cronies made a number of anti-judiciary speeches at different points on his way to Lahore from Islamabad and ridiculed the apex court’s judges. It said Nawaz Sharif and others committed contempt of court. It said, these leaders should also be tried under treason charges for maligning the judiciary as well as army in his speeches.
Accepting the petition, the Lahore High Court issued notices to Sharif and federal ministers including Khawaja Asif, Saad Rafique, Talal Chaudhry and Daniyal Aziz asking them to respond to the notices by August 25, the next date of hearing.