LHC dismisses petitions seeking treason cases against Khadim Rizvi, Fazlur Rehman

Published: November 12, 2018
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The petitioner had stated that TLP and JUI-F chiefs clearly violated Article 6 of the Constitution. PHOTO: FILE

The petitioner had stated that TLP and JUI-F chiefs clearly violated Article 6 of the Constitution. PHOTO: FILE

The Lahore High Court on Monday dismissed petitions against Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

The petitioner had sought proceedings of treason against the two leaders for ‘issuing anti-state remarks’, Express News reported.

LHC bench headed by Justice Atir Mehmood heard the petition. On the occasion, he apprised the petitioner that the government has initiated a crackdown against those involved in vandalism.

The crackdown came as the government released footage of the rioters torching vehicles, blocking roads and vandalising public and private property following apex court verdict on Aasia Bibi’s acquittal.

‘Anti-state remarks’ Treason proceedings sought against TLP, JUI-F chiefs

On November 10, Shabbirullah, the petitioner, argued that the two political leaders had issued anti-state statements against the judiciary and the armed forces.

The petitioner implored that the TLP and JUI-F chiefs had clearly violated Article 6 of the Constitution in the name of protest. He contended that under The High Treason Act, 1973, only the federal government is empowered to initiate treason proceedings.

The petitioner prayed that the court direct the federal government to initiate proceedings against the TLP and JUI-F leaders under the charges of high treason. He pleaded that the country was held hostage for three days following their statements.

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