The Accountability Court of Islamabad issued bailable arrest warrants for former prime minister of Pakistan -Nawaz (PML-N) because of his non-availability in the proceedings of a reference that accused him
Not only Sharif, even the co-chairperson of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) – Asif Ali Zardari, Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani, and owners of Omni Group – Khawaja Anwar Majeed and Abdul Ghani Majeed, are also in the list of accusation of receiving luxury gifts and vehicles from Toshakhana.
The reference was filed on March 2 before the court due to which accountability Judge Syed Asghar Ali issued summons for them on May 15.
According to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Mr Gillani is accused of illegally allotting cars to Mr Sharif and Mr Zardari.
During Friday’s hearing, Mr Majeed and Gillani appeared before the court, while the remaining two – Mr Sharif and Mr Zardari – were absent.
Therefore, prosecutor general Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi requested the court to issue arrest warrants for the attendees and non-bailable arrest warrants for non-attendees, for being absent in the proceedings.
The counsel of Mr Zardari appeared to the court and informed that he was admitted to a hospital, with a proof of his exemption application that has already been filed to the counsel.
Since Mr Sharif is not in Pakistan, so he didn’t appear, nor anyone else appeared to the court on his behalf to seek exemption from personal attendance, and that’s the reason why the judge issued bailable arrest warrants for him.
The court directed all the accused persons to ensure their attendance on the next date of proceedings, which is due on June 11.
The reference states that both Mr Sharif and Mr Zardari obtained cars from Toshakhana at only 15 percent of the price of the cars, under the facilitations provided by Mr Gillani.
The reference also states that Mr Zardari received the armoured vehicles as gifts from Libya (BMW 760 Li model 2008) and the United Arab Emirates (BMW750 Li model 2005, Lexus Jeep model 2007).