File photo of former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Photograph:( Reuters )
Multiple petitions filed in the Pakistani courts against the country's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif over his statement on Tuesday seeking action against him for treason.
A politician from Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Sharif party also moved the Sindh high court demanding to restrict Sharif from traveling outside the country as he also sought charges of treason against Sharif.
According to the media report, Party leader Imran Khan has also demanded Sharif to be put on trial.
News agency Reuters quoted Sharif saying,"He hurt the national interest of Pakistan by violating his oath as an ex-prime minister and should be proceeded against for treason."
Similar petitions were also filed by the members of two more political parties -- the Pakistan Awami Tehreek founded by Pakistani-Canadian Islamic scholar Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri and Pakistan zindabad party -- in the Lahore high court.
Some of the petitioners alleged that sharif's remarks appeared prejudicial to the safety and the interests of the state, and they amounted to high treason.
Earlier this week Sharif triggered a controversy by giving an interview to a Pakistan daily during which he said that "Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can't we complete the trial?"
Following the statement, allegations of Pakistan's involvement in the admission of terrorist in the country were also made by Indian media.
Pakistan's national security committee also held a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday to review the statement in detail. After the meeting, the committee unanimously termed the statement "incorrect and misleading".
NSC meeting also "rejected the allegations and condemned the fallacious assertions", and concluded saying that it continue its efforts to eliminate terrorism on all fronts.
However, Nawaz Sharif defended himself saying that he stood by his comments as he did nothing wrong and that he was seeking answers as to why militants killed 166 people in Mumbai.
On November 26 in 2008, ten Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist sailed to Mumbai from Karachi and carried out coordinated attacks that killed 166 people and injured over 300.
Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) Chief Hafeez Saeed is said to be the mastermind behind 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
Even after ten years of the terror attack in Mumbai, Pakistan has not punished any of the suspects in the case and the trials are stalled in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court