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‘PM Imran Displeased Over FIR Against Nawaz Sharif’

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The decision of the Lahore police to register a sedition case against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and other Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders, including Azad Kashmir PM Raja Farooq Haider, has irked PM Imran Khan.

This was revealed by Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chauhdry in a statement on Twitter. PM Imran was unaware that such a case had been filed against the PML-N supremo, and that maybe someone wanted to implicate him in a case, the minister said in a tweet.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan was unaware of any such [first information report] FIR, when I informed him about it, he expressed extreme displeasure,” Fawad Chaudhry said in response to journalist Hamid Mir who had shared the copy of FIR.

According to the minister, the PTI was not keen on filing treason cases against the opposition, as this was the hallmark of the Nawaz-led government. He said PTI is a political party and it would make its move accordingly, adding the game has just begun.

Case against Nawaz

Lahore police have registered a case against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Nawaz Sharif and other party leaders for ‘conspiring’ against the country and state institutions.

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According to an FIR registered at Shahdara police station, the former prime minister was ‘carrying out a planned conspiracy to defame the country and its institutions by making inflammatory speeches’.

The FIR also implicates PML-N leaders Ahsan Iqbal, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Pervaiz Rashid, Maryam Nawaz, Rana Sanaullah and Marriyum Aurangzeb and others who participated in the PML-N’s Central Executive Committee and Central Working Committee meetings held last week, reported Dawn.

It said the Nawaz, who went to London for medical treatment, was facing corruption charges in the courts of Pakistan. However, instead of availing medical care in England, the PML-N leader was ‘conspiring’ against the country.

It alleges that in the speeches made on September 20 and October 1, the former premier supported the policies of neighbouring India, so that Pakistan would continue to remain on the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) ‘grey list’, reported the newspaper.

“The main purpose of Nawaz’s speeches is to isolate Pakistan in front of the international community and to declare it a rogue state,” the complaint says. It adds that Nawaz is trying to turn the people against the democratically elected government.

PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that the FIR was ‘another black mark in the fictional history books of Pakistan’. He said that it had a ‘unique position among allegations of treason’ in Pakistani history.

“I request the federal ministers not to take the support of Badar Rasheed and get cases registered with [their] own names so people can see [their] reality,” he said.

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