ISLAMABAD: An Islamabad accountability court has issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a case of illegal purchase of gifted vehicles from a government treasury.
Nawaz Sharif is currently based in London and the court has ordered the Foreign Office to execute a non-bailable arrest warrant through the Pakistan High Commission in the UK.
When the hearing of this reference started on Thursday, NAB Deputy Prosecutor General Muzaffar Abbasi told the court that the accused Nawaz Sharif is currently residing in London and his home address has also been ascertained. He said the former prime minister was living in the Avonfield apartment and these were the same flats in reference to which Nawaz Sharif was convicted.
It is to be noted that it was Judge Muhammad Bashir of the Accountability Court who had sentenced former Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif to 11 years imprisonment and fine in the case of Avonfield Apartments located in Park Lane area of London. However, the Islamabad High Court suspended the sentence. Had done
During the hearing, the NAB deputy prosecutor told the court that the court order could be complied with by placing advertisements in British newspapers.
The court did not agree with the NAB counsel’s suggestion and issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for the accused and directed the Foreign Ministry to impose Atmal on court orders.
Nawaz Sharif, Asif Ali Zardari and Yousuf Raza Gilani are accused of taking away cars donated by heads of different countries after paying a small amount of money.
The accountability court judge also granted a one-day exemption from co-accused in the reference and former president Asif Ali Zardari’s attendance. The accused’s lawyer said that his client was in Karachi these days and he could not come to Islamabad due to corona virus. He also said that if the accused appeared in the court, the rush of people in the court room would increase which is not good in the present circumstances.
Another co-accused in the case and former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani also applied for exemption from attendance at the next hearing on which the court issued notice to the NAB.
The reference hearing was then adjourned till June 30.
Nawaz Sharif, Asif Ali Zardari and Yousuf Raza Gilani are accused of taking away the cars donated by the leaders of different countries after paying a small amount of money. Were gone
A report submitted to the Accountability Court by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor in the fake bank accounts case states that Asif Zardari was gifted vehicles by former Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi and the head of the United Arab Emirates as President. I meet
He said the former president used the vehicles personally instead of depositing them in the coffers.
According to the NAB prosecutor, former President Asif Ali Zardari got these vehicles for personal use after paying only 15% of the cost. According to the NAB prosecutor, the money for these vehicles was also paid through fake accounts.
According to an official posted in the treasury, if a head of state or chief executive receives a gift from the president or chief executive of another country worth up to Rs 1 million, he can keep it, but the value of the gift If it is more than 1 million, it has to be deposited in the treasury.