Nawaz Sharif treason case: Pak court withdraws warrant against journalist Cyril Almeida

WION Web Team Delhi, India Oct 08, 2018, 12.26 PM(IST)

File photo of former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Photograph:( Twitter )

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During the interview, Sharif had claimed that those involved in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks belonged to Pakistan.

A Lahore court on Monday heard the case against former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in connection to his interview to a Pakistani Daily. Sharif has now been asked to file his response by the October 22. 

Cyril Almeida, a columnist of the newspaper, was also summoned to the court. Although the non-bailable arrest warrant against Almeida has been withdrawn, he will have to appear for the next hearing on October 22. Almeida has also been removed from the Exit Control List. 

During the interview, Sharif had claimed that those involved in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks belonged to Pakistan. He had acknowledged that terror organisations are active in Pakistan. 

In the interview, Nawaz Sharif had questioned the delay in the conclusion of the trial in the 26/11 case. 

Petitioner Amina Malik had claimed that Sharif had committed treason by towing an anti-Pakistan line in his statement on 26/11. She claimed that Sharif's so-called anti-state statement could be used against Pakistan by other countries.