A Pakistani court has withdrawn arrest warrants issued against a prominent journalist and ordered travel restrictions on him be removed, as hearings in a treason case against him and two former prime ministers continue.
On Monday, a three-member bench of the Lahore High Court adjourned proceedings in the case against former Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, as well as journalist Cyril Almeida.
Sharif is accused of committing “treason” for implying that Pakistan’s military and intelligence services allowed attackers involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which killed more than 160 people, to operate with impunity.
Almeida was named in the petition as having allegedly abetted Sharif. Former PM Abbasi, who succeeded Sharif, is accused of having leaked national security secrets to Sharif.