LAHORE -Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza of the Lahore High Court on Monday referred a petition seeking high treason case against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri to the chief justice, requesting him to fix it before a full bench which is already hearing cases against both of them.

Advocate AK Dogar filed the petition and submitted that both Khan and Qadri took out rallies and held sit-ins in violation of an order passed by a full bench of the court.

The petitioner further alleged that the PTI and PAT chiefs were bent upon derailing the democratic process by their continuous "unconstitutional activities". He asked the court to order proceedings against both respondents under Article 6 of the Constitution, dealing with treason charges.

A law officer told the court that a full bench was already hearing petitions against the rallies and sit-ins of the PTI and PAT. He asked the court to also refer the instant petition to the same bench.

Also, the Lahore High Court dismissed the bail application filed by a former MNA of Awami National Party (ANP) Naseemur Rehman who the NAB alleges is involved in making assets through illegal means.

As the proceedings commenced, the counsel representing the petitioner told the bench that his client had nothing to do with the allegation leveled against him. He said NAB had implicated him in this case on political grounds. He said the NAB authorities had failed to prove the allegation of accumulating illegal assets worth Rs 8.2 million.

The counsel further pleaded that the petitioner wanted to attend the proceedings of the trial court but apprehended that he would be arrested. He requested the bench to grant his client protective bail. After hearing the arguments, The Division Bench headed by Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqbi dismissed the application.

Petition against OGDCL

shares sale

The Supreme Court was approached on Monday with a request for staying the sale of 10 percent shares of Oil & Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) in London Stock Exchange.

Barrister Zafarullah Khan of Watan Party filed the petition submitting that OGDCL is an important state institution but its shares are being sold in London Stock Exchange despite the fact that there are many local stock exchanges.

The petitioner said OGDCL’s shares cannot be sold in any other country as the buyer could damage Pakistan's interests. The petitioner prayed the court direct the authorities concerned to stop the sale of the shares of OGDCL.