The police of Pakistan have filed sedition cases against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and several leaders of his party, including his daughter Maryam Nawaz. A case was registered against 44 leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) at a police station in Lahore on Monday (5 October) for commenting on the army. The lawsuit was filed a few days before the nationwide protests by opposition parties against Prime Minister Imran Khan. This information has been revealed by the report of German media Deutsche Welle.“
Pakistan’s three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif went to London for treatment with court permission after falling ill after being convicted in a corruption case in 2019. According to his lawyers, he was given eight weeks to return to Pakistan, but was unsuccessful due to health problems. He has also avoided commenting on various contemporary issues since then.
After more than a year, Nawaz Sharif addressed a conference of opposition parties in Pakistan on 20 September. Referring to a video link from London, he said, “Our fight today is against those who put Imran Khan in power and rigged the election to bring a disabled person like him to power.”
After a case was registered against PML-N leaders on Monday, police said, “Convicted Nawaz Sharif tried to harm the state’s institutions by speaking from London and inciting rebellion against the army and the government.” Sharif filed a case against the international community from Pakistan. He has been accused of trying to overthrow and declare Pakistan a rogue state.
Opposition parties have recently formed a platform called Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government. The platform was set up at the initiative of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) President Bill Bhutto. PDM plans to launch demonstrations and processions in various parts of the country from this month.
Earlier, several opposition leaders, activists and journalists were detained. Human rights groups allege that military intelligence agencies are illegally detaining them and imposing censorship on the media.
Several opposition leaders have already spoken out against Nawaz Sharif for filing a sedition case. Afrisaib Khattak, one of the senior politicians in the PDM alliance, wrote in a tweet that registering a case against Nawaz proves that the government was afraid of the planned procession of the opposition. Meanwhile, PML-N spokesman Maryam Aurangzeb said in a statement that the opposition’s movement to restore democracy in the country cannot be stopped by filing sedition cases.