Govt uses treason case to silence voices: Abbasi

By Asghar Ali Mubarak

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Monday said that the NAB cases have left behind and now treason cases being registered.
Talking to media after appearing before court in illegal appointment of MD Pakistan State Oil (PSO) case, former prime minister Abbasi said, “If a case can be registered against us than a case on violation of Article 62 and 63 and the constitution can also be registered against them.”
“Our prime minister is unaware about the prices of wheat flour and sugar and the issue of registration of case against politicians,” Abbasi said. “We didn’t forget October 12, at that time we were jailed, today we are visiting courts (in cases),” Shahid Khaqan Abbasi further said.
He said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is being used to pressurize politicians. “NAB failed to even describe the charges in the high court,” PML-N leader said. The courts have given their observations about NAB, “Either you run Pakistan or NAB,” the former prime minister said. “I also wants to register a FIR against those booking people in false cases,” he added.
Criticizing the federal government over the islands row with Sindh government, opposition party’s leader said, “They are now promulgating ordinances to illegally occupy islands”.
Earlier, an accountability court adjourned the hearing on the illegal appointment of MD PSO case till November 02. On the other hand, An anti-terrorism court on Monday extended interim bail of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Rana Sanaullah and Captain (retd) Safdar until October 15 in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) office attack case.
Rana Sannaullah appeared before the anti-terrorism court as it resumed hearing the case. Safdar moved an application seeking exemption from personal appearance, which was granted. The counsel of Safdar also submitted a medical report of his client in the court.
Rana Sanaullah and Captain (retd) Safdar are among the PML-N members nominated in the case.
It may be noted that on August 12, Lahore police had registered a case against 300 Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leaders including its Vice President Maryam Nawaz on the complaint of the National Accountability Bureau after violent clashes outside the NAB office.
The case carried sections dealing with the attack on NAB office in Lahore, interference in official duty and other related sections pertaining to violent acts.