On Friday The Lahore High Court accepted an application for hearing in which the supplicant has asked for the commencement of treason proceedings against Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi and the chief of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl, Maulana Fazlur Rehman; over charges of issuing anti-state statements and provoking people to violence.
Justice Ali Baqar Najafi, while accepting the petition, filed by Advocate Syed Mohammad on behalf of Shabeerullah, has set the case for hearing on November 12th 2018 following Monday.
In his application, the petitioner has argued that Rizvi and Rehman criticized the apex of court judgment in the Asia Bibi case; delivered anti-state and anti-military statements and impelled people to violence and therefore should be sued under the law.
Following their statements, the country was held hostage for three days which was equivalent to make an attempt to suspend the Constitution, the petitioner has entreated.
On Previous Thursday, a sessions court in Lahore had fixed for hearing an appeal against police officers for their failure to file a case against Khadim Rizvi, Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA) head Ashraf Jalali and others for menacing the top judiciary and aggravating the armed forces to stage a sedition in the aftermath of Asia Bibi’s acquittal of Supreme court.
It was filed by a citizen Abdullah Malik; and the petition stated that the station house officer (SHO) of Civil Lines police station in Lahore failed to file a first information report (FIR) against the above-mentioned beings.
“The local police were unwilling to take action against the accused due to their presence in the dominant class and were having direct contacts with the police and others,” the petitioner said.
The copy of that application to lodge an FIR; dated November 1st 2018 and addressed to the Civil Lines SHO, notes that TLP leaders threatened the judges of the Supreme Court, passed an edict to murder the Constitutional prime minister of the country and encouraged their party workers to spark riots.
The petitioner has requested the court to pass orders to ensure legal action is taken against TLP leaders as well as police officials if the latter are unwilling to register a criminal case against the former.
The petition was accepted today by Additional Sessions Judge Mohammad Ahmed Khan Kharal and directed Civil Lines SHO to provide his report on November 14th 2018.