The Punjab’s police clarified late on Monday that the sedition case against convicted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was registered at the behest of a private citizen and not the state.
According to a press release issued by the Lahore Capital City Police, “Various speculations were being made in the media regarding the case”. “In fact, the case was registered on the request of a citizen, Badar Rasheed, on which Shahdara police registered a case under the applicate section of the law,” the notification maintained.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-N on Tuesday accused Governor of Punjab Chaudhry Sarwar of having a hand in the criminal conspiracy case filed against party supremo Nawaz Sharif.
PML-N’s lawmaker in Punjab, Uzma Bukhari alleged that the case against Nawaz had been registered at the behest of Sarwar, adding that Sarwar is the Centre’s representative in Punjab.
She said that the complainant, Badar Rasheed, has been seen in photos alongside Chaudhry Sarwar, Sheikh Rashid and Ijaz Chaudhry.
Bukhari said that that the man fought the elections on a PTI ticket and is a union council chairman. She claimed that he is also a member of the “labour wing”.
Bukhari said that five cases have been registered against Badar Rasheed, including charges of robbery and attempted murder. “Imran Khan’s precious patriot is no more than a criminal,” she said.
“PTI members were already wanton in intelligence, but it seems they have no clue of the requirements of the law,” she remarked.The PML-N spokesperson said that the clauses included in the case are ones that cannot be added in by a police officer without express approval by the government.
She added that Fawad Chaudhry was shedding “crocodile tears” to claim that the prime minister had no knowledge about the FIR.
“Imran sahab, if you do not know about the orders and powers of the executive, then why are you in the Prime Minister’s House?” asked Bukhari.
She added that the prime minister will have to answer for every injustice done to Nawaz Sharif and PML-N workers. Furthermore, the party’s spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb claimed that Rasheed has now “been made to disappear”. Meanwhile, Governor Punjab Ghulam Sarwar, responding to his alleged association with the complainant, said it was highly regrettable.