Punjab Governor Sarwar speaks up against sedition case
Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar on Tuesday said he never declared anyone a traitor, as the controversy over the sedition case filed against the PML-N top leadership including AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider is raging in the country, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Sarwar called for investigating the matter to figure out who got the case registered – a demand that came after the revelation that Badar Rashid – who filed an application for the FIR – is not only a criminal but also closely associated with the ruling party.
Sedition and treason cases should not be filed against anyone, said Sarwar during his address to a ceremony in Lahore, who became another PTI member expressing his displeasure over the episode.
This reaction came after images were shared by media in which Badar can be seen with Sarwar and other PTI leaders as well as former chief justice Saqib Nisar.
Although various PTI members are now saying that the government has nothing to do with the matter and even Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his annoyance after he came to know about the FIR, it is important to note that the sedition/ treason case cannot be registered without the approval of federal or provincial governments.
Earlier in the day, 24NewsHD TV channel reported that Badar is a criminal and contested the local government elections on a PTI ticket for the slot of union council chairman.
Sharing details, police said the cases registered against Badar pertained to attempted murder, possession of illegal arms and obstructing officials from performing their official duties.
And there is another aspect of this episode: some of these were registered by the Shahdara Police Station, the same police station where he was able to get the sedition case registered.
Moreover, the case regarding possessing illegal weapons was registered by Sharaqpur Police Station while another FIR about stopping the policemen from executing their duties has been filed with Anarkali Police Station.
On the other hand, it is the Shahdara Police Station where attempt to murder cases has registered against Badar.
Also on Tuesday, the AJK Legislative Assembly members, both from the treasury and opposition benches, joined those expressing their anger over nominating AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider.
In this connection, a resolution was tabled in House by a cabinet member – Ahmed Raza Qadri – which said that the FIR had created resentment among those who stood for the Constitution and democracy, especially the millions of Kashmiris living in Azad Kashmir, Occupied Kashmir and abroad.
“This meeting of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly strongly condemns the sedition and treason case registered against the independent government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider, the central leadership of Pakistan Muslim League-N, two former prime ministers, ex-federal ministers, retired senior generals with a police station in Lahore.”
“This frivolous case has made Pakistan a laughing stock at the international level,” the resolution read and added that the move had damaged Pakistan’s principled stance.”
It said, “This case is a cause of damaging Pakistan’s interest which is a product of short-sighted element’s minds.”
The latest controversy erupted Monday when the police filed this sedition case against PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz, Farooq Haider, former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Ahsan Iqbal, Rana Sanaullah and others who attended the party meetings addressed by Nawaz Sharif from London via a video link.
In her reaction, Marriyum, the PML-N spokesperson, said the party leaders would not seek pre-arrest bails. We will not seek a pre-arrest bail. If the PTI government has courage, it should come forward and arrest us,” she said.
That’s why Rana Sana on Tuesday said the government had nothing to do except registering terrorism cases and issuing fatwas of treason, adding that even the AJK prime minister had been declared a traitor.
If this case is registered without the government’s approval then what action has been taken [against those filing the FIR], Rana Sana questioned.
Last week, PML-N leader Capt Safdar was nominated for sedition in a case lodged in Gujranwala for allegedly "inciting hate [...] against the army" and threatening to forcefully obtain permission for a public meeting on October 16.