LAHORE - A number of petitions were filed here on Monday in the Lahore High Court challenging civil disobedience announced by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan and possible escape of PML-N top leadership from the country.

Kashif Mahmood Sulemani advocate filed a petition saying that giving a call of civil disobedience falls within the ambit of sedition. Imran Khan, he said, has incited people to commit disloyalty to the state and constitution, and tried to paralyze state machinery. He requested the court to declare the act of PTI chief as unconstitutional and order him not to violate the constitution.

Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafari filed a petition requesting the court to put the names of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and other PML-N leaders on exit control list (ECL). He also urged the court to review a full bench order against protest marches of PTI and PAT.

Jafari said that if the above said ruling party members could flee the country as a sessions court had ordered police to lodge FIR against them on charges of involvement in June 17 killings outside Minhajul Quran Secretariat in Model Town. He said that many important national secrets would be leaked to foreign forces if the respondents escaped from the country.

Zubair Ahmad, a local citizen, filed a petition seeking an order for Punjab government to make public the inquiry report of the judicial commission which probed into Model Town incident. He submitted that the government put the inquiry report in cold storage and was avoiding its release to protect the real culprits. He asked the court to direct the government to release the report.