On Monday, FIR against PML-N supreme Nawaz Sharif and other party leaders were registered at the Shahdara police station in Lahore for ‘conspiring’ against the country and state institutions, 24News television reported.
The case was registered by a citizen, Badar Rasheed, under Section 10 (cyberterrorism) of the Pakistan Electronic Crimes Act (2016), and sections 120-A (definition of criminal conspiracy), 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 121-A (conspiracy to wage war against Pakistan), 123-A (condemning the creation of the country and advocating for the abolition of its sovereignty), 124-A (sedition) and 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups ) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
The FIR also appoints the party leaders Maryam Nawaz, Rana Sanaullah, Ahsan Iqbal, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Pervez Rashid, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Ataullah Tarar, and others who participated in the meetings of the Central Executive Committee and the Central Work Committee of the PML- N held last week.
The author claims that Nawaz has several corruption cases against him that are being tried in court. “Instead of taking advantage of medical treatment in London, Nawaz is carrying out a planned conspiracy to smear the country and its institutions by making inflammatory speeches,” says the FIR.
It alleges that in the speeches delivered on September 20 and October 1, the former prime minister supported the policies of neighboring India, which is why Pakistan would remain on the ‘gray list’ of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
“The main purpose of Nawaz’s speeches is to isolate Pakistan from the international community and declare it a rogue state,” the complaint says. He adds that Nawaz is trying to turn the people against the democratically elected government.
The purpose of the speeches is also to divert attention from human rights violations in occupied Kashmir to the benefit of Nawaz’s “friend” Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, says the author.