Non-bailable arrest warrant issued for Nawaz Sharif
An accountability court in Lahore on Thursday issued non-bailable arrest warrant for PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif in a case involving illegal allotment of plots while extending the judicial remand of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman till September 17, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The development came as Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman – owner and editor-in-chief of Geo/Jang Group – presented for hearing before the court. He was arrested and later sent to jail in March.
Mir Shakil, Nawaz and two former managing directors of Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Bashir Ahmed and Hamayun Faiz Rasool have been nominated in the case by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
In this connection, the accountability court judge, Asad Ali, not only issued non-bailable arrest warrant for Nawaz but also ordered that it should be executed through the Pakistan High Commission in London.
During the hearing, Mian Illyas – the counsel for Faiz – requested that his client should be exempted from appearing in person as he would have leg surgery.
On the other hand, Amjad Pervaiz – the counsel for Mir Shakil – requested the court to order the NAB to return personal use items of his client. However, NAB special prosecutor Haris Qureshi argued that it wasn’t possible as they had planned forensic audit of two Samsung and one iPhone mobile handsets.
But the defence counsel said the mobile phones had nothing to do with a matter dated back to 1986 as the judge also asked the prosecutor about any special reason for not doing that.
Later, the NAB representative requested the court to indict the accused immediately and start hearing the matter as the reference had already been filed.