World Bulletin / News Desk
A Pakistani court Saturday ordered the instatement of a murder case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in connection with the killing of 14 opposition workers in clashes with police during demonstrations in Lahore in June.
Also included in the case are the prime minister's brother, Shahbaz Sharif, who is the chief minister of Punjab province, and 17 other people, as well.
The District Court of the northeastern city of Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, directed police to instate a case against 19 people named by the opposition. Others included were Interior Minister Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan, former State Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq, and senior police officials.
Fourteen workers of Pakistan Awami Tehrik, a political party led by Tahir ul Qadri, were killed and nearly 100 were injured in clashes with the police in Lahore on June 17. Qadri is currently staging a sit-in in Islamabad, Pakistan's capital city, hoping to oust the Sharif government.
The Pakistan Awami Tehrik workers were protesting the removal of allegedly illegal barricades installed by the party around its headquarters in the posh Model Town locality in Lahore in the neighborhood of the private residence of the prime minister. More than two dozen policemen were also injured in the clashes.
The Sharif government is facing separate sit-ins by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf, and by the Pakistan Awami Tehrik. The parties have given an ultimatum to the prime minister to step down, saying that otherwise they will not leave the capital.Last Mod: 16 Ağustos 2014, 17:17