LAHORE-The Lahore High Court on Tuesday admitted an appeal petition seeking cancellation of acquittal of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Sabzazaar shootout case.

A division bench comprising Justice Kazim Raza Shamsi and Mazhar Iqbal Sidhu took up the matter and sought the case record from anti-terrorism court and Sabzarzar police.

Kurshid Khanum, mother of the two brothers killed in a fake police encounter, had filed the appeal through her counsel Aftab Ahmad Bajwa. She submitted that she had never pardoned Shahbaz Sharif but the Anti-terrorism court acquitted him of the charges.

Five persons were killed during a police encounter on April 4, 1998 in the jurisdiction of Sabzazar police station and an FIR was registered against 12 persons, including Mian Shahbaz Sharif, on March 29, 2001.

On March 1st 2008, an Anti-Terrorism Court headed by Justice Shabbir Hussain Chattha had acquitted the Punjab Chief Minister from Sabzazar police encounter case after all complainants of the case Saeed-ud-Din and legal heirs of other deceased Muhammad Aslam and Nazeer Ahmad recorded their statement before the court that they had no objection over Shahbaz’s acquittal.