Lahore: Former Pakistan prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, along with Assistant Editor for the Dawn newspaper Cyril Almeida, appeared before the Lahore High Court on Monday for hearing of a petition seeking treason proceedings against them in a case related to the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.

Here are the highlights of the case 

1. The case is being heard by a three-member bench headed by Justice Mazahar Ali Naqvi, The Express Tribune reported.

2. In the last hearing, Almeida was put on 'exit control list' and non-bailable warrants were issued for his arrest for not attending previous court proceedings.

3. The petition was filed against Sharif for defaming the country through an interview on the Mumbai terror attack and against Abbasi for supporting the former prime minister's stance and sharing minutes of the National Security Council's (NSC) meeting in violation of his oath.

4. The petition contended that Sharif had not only disclosed sensitive secrets but also expressed his views against sensitive national institutions. Contending that Sharif had betrayed the nation, the petition stated that a treason case should be instituted against him for giving the controversial interview.

5. According to the petitioner Amina Malik, a civil society member, Abbasi's action amounted to sedition as he had violated his oath of office.

6. The security was beefed up around the court premises and a large crowd of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) supporters had gathered by the main entry point.

7. The hearing has been adjourned till October 22.

Sharif, who was recently released from jail after receiving bail in the Avenfield case, had been absent from previous hearings as he had been receiving condolences over the death of his wife Kulsoom.

Almeida had been put on exit control list after he wrote a front-page story about a rift between Pakistan's civilian and military leaderships over militant groups that operate from Pakistan and engage in war against India and Afghanistan.

The exit control list is a system of border control maintained by the Pakistan government through an ordinance which allows it to bar people whose names appear on the list from leaving the country.

The foreign office had vehemently rejected the report and termed it "speculative".

With inputs from PTI