LAHORE: A petition was filed in the Lahore High Court on Monday challenging Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan’s call of civil disobedience.
Another petition was filed against the possible escape abroad of the PML-N’s top leadership, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif after a court ordered registration of a case against them on the application of Idara Minhajul Quran. A third petition was moved by a citizen, Zubair Ahmad, seeking an order for the Punjab government to hold a public inquiry into the Model Town incident.
In the petition against civil disobedience, petitioner Advocate Kashif Mahmood Sulemani stated that giving a civil disobedience call falls within the ambit of sedition with state and the constitution. He stated that by giving the call Imran Khan had incited people of Pakistan to disloyalty and tried to paralyse the state machinery. He requested that Imran Khan’s call be declared as unconstitutional and he be ordered not to violate the constitution. In the second petition, Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafree requested the court to place the names of Nawaz Sharif, Nisar Ali Khan, Shahbaz Sharif and other PML-N leaders on the Exit Control List (ECL).
He stated that these people may flee the country as a sessions court had ordered police to lodge an FIR against them on the charges of involvement in June 17 killings outside Minhajul Quran Secretariat in Model Town, Lahore. He stated that many important national secrets would be leaked to foreign forces if the respondents escape the country. He also requested review of a full bench order against the protest marches of PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek. Meanwhile, the third petitioner stated that the government had put the inquiry report of Model Town incident in cold storage and is avoiding its release in order to protect those responsible for the killings of PAT supporters.
He stated that the people should know the findings of the tribunal and it should not be made a secret document.
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