Lahore: Pakistan’s Punjab Assembly has passed a resolution with a majority vote against PM Shehbaz Sharif, seeking his trial under treason charges for consulting his ‘fugitive’ elder brother Nawaz Sharif in London on the appointment of the next Army chief. Basharat Raja, Punjab Minister for Parliamentary Affairs presented the resolution in the House seeking action against Shehbaz under Article 6 (treason) of the Constitution. Punjab is ruled by former PM Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party and its ally PMLQ.
The resolution says Shehbaz consulted fugitive Nawaz, a three-time PM of Pakistan in London a couple of days ago on the appointment of the new Army chief, which not only amounts to the PM’s oath preventing him from sharing sensitive matters with unrelated persons, but also an insult to the institution of the Army. Shehbaz was in London to attend the state funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II and also met Nawaz during his stay in the city and discussed the appointment of the next Army chief with him.
Imran Khan, who is also the Chairman of PTI, said: “We are seeing pictures of Shehbaz consulting Nawaz to appoint the next Army chief. What can be a bigger disgrace for our country that thieves are making such decisions.” He said it was a violation of the Official Secrets Act and a breach of the PM’s oath of office.