Imran Khan guilty of ‘high treason’, says Nawaz Sharif 

‘A man obsessed with power trampled the Constitution’

Updated - April 03, 2022 11:19 pm IST

Published - April 03, 2022 10:36 pm IST - Islamabad

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. File photo

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. File photo | Photo Credit: AP

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan and all others involved in the “conspiracy” against the nation are guilty of high treason and should be tried for desecrating the Constitution.

The former premier’s remarks came after President Arif Alvi approved the advice of Prime Minister Imran Khan to dissolve the National Assembly after the embattled premier recommended the controversial move in the wake of a no-trust move against him.

“Today, a man obsessed with power trampled the Constitution,” Mr. Sharif, who is currently based in London, wrote on his official Twitter handle.

Mr. Sharif, who is also the supreme leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), said that Mr. Khan and all characters involved in the “conspiracy” against the nation are guilty of high treason and should be tried under Article 6 of the Constitution.

The 72-year-old leader warned that anyone involved in any wrongdoing with the country and desecration of the Constitution will be taken to task, The Express Tribune newspaper reported.

Mr. Sharif is in London for medical treatment on expired bail. In 2017, Mr. Sharif was removed from office by the Supreme Court following revelations from the Panama Papers case. In 2018, the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding public office for life, amidst a slew of corruption cases against him.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president and Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif termed Imran Khan a traitor to the Constitution and democracy.

Mr. Shehbaz, the younger brother of Nawaz Sharif, said that Article 6 is now applicable to “Imran Niazi and his followers for openly violating the Constitution”.

Opposition leader and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said the deputy speaker of the National Assembly Qasim Suri committed an ‘unconstitutional act’ by dismissing the no-trust motion against the premier.

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