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The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday directed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to appear before it in a petition seeking registration of a high treason case against him over his controversial statement on the Mumbai attacks. 

A bench of the LHC directed the former premier to turn up on October 8.

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It issued non-bailable warrants for the arrest of journalist Cyril Almeida and ordered the authorities concerned to place his name on the Exit Control List (ECL).

The bench directed former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who was in attendance in the court, to file an application for exemption from personal appearance before it.

Earlier this year, deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif sparked a controversy when he made a statement about the Mumbai attacks in an interview to Cyril Almeida.

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