LAHORE: Case has been lodged on Monday against a political party, Move on Pakistan at Purani Anarkali Police Station under sections 120, 124 and 505 after it was accused of inviting the army to impose Martial Law.
The petition alleged the party leadership of treason for allegedly encouraging a coup by putting up banners on Mall Road and Purani Anarkali area.
Move on Pakistan allegedly invited Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif to take over the country and topple democratic government.
Banners were put up in various cities including Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Sargodha and Hyderabad after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned from London after around 48 days following his open-heart surgery.
Party chairman, Mohammad Kamran and his aides Asif Iqbal and Ali Raza approached the Islamabad High Court some two days ago which granted them protective bail until July 22 after a case was lodged against them in the federal capital on July 14 for alleged criminal conspiracy.
Leadership of the party has denied the charges and stated that their messages have been misconstrued.
It should be mentioned here that on July 11, a post appeared on the Facebook page of the party that stated, “General Sharif has been invited to impose Martial Law”.
However, the subsequent messages on Facebook changed after Inter-Services Public Relations clarified that the army or any of its subordinate institution had nothing to do with the posters and flexes.
On July 13, the party stated that their messages have been misinterpreted and the members do not endorse imposition of Martial Law.
For now, the chairman of the party is on a protective bail against surety bond of Rs 20,000 and the Islamabad High Court has summoned him along with his associates on July 22 while the respondents in the case are Inspector General of Police and Interior Ministry.