Lahore (June 3, 2017): A local court on Saturday adjourned hearing of an application filed by a citizen seeking registration of treason case against Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for what he said damaging reputation of politicians especially Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Station House Officer of Model Town Police Station failed to submit report on the application despite the court directives. During last hearing the court had asked SHO Model Town to submit reply on the application.
On Saturday SHO Model Town appeared before the judge and sought time for submitting reply. The court while giving police last chance to file reply adjourned hearing of the matter for one week.
The applicant, Syed Azhar Abbas, has made a statement of Shahbaz Sharif basis for his plea. He added that Punjab chief minister on December 22, 2016 addressed the participants of a ceremony at Arfa Software Technology Park. “In his speech on the occasion, he [Shehbaz] incited people by saying elected political leaders, as well as military regimes, had been ruining Pakistan for 70 years,” he stated in the applicant.
He had told the court that Shehbaz’s statement damaged the repute of genuine political figures. The petitioner said Nawaz Sharif had been the prime minister of the country on three occasions and this statement raised question marks over PML-N’s own performance. He added Shehbaz also inadvertently confessed to his own inadequacies as he was a past chief minister of Punjab.
The petitioner said Shehbaz attempted to provoke the Pakistani nation and his speech questioned the role of Quaid-e-Azam, the first governor general and founder of Pakistan.
He requested the court to direct the Model Town SHO to register an FIR against Shehbaz Sharif for damaging the repute of deceased leaders particularly Quaid-e-Azam.