Nawaz Sharif declared absconder, properties to be confiscated

Accountability court issues non-bailable warrants of the former three-time prime minister

By: News Desk      Published: 10:54 AM, 10 Nov, 2020
Nawaz Sharif declared absconder, properties to be confiscated
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An accountability court in Lahore on Tuesday declared PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif a proclaimed offender and ordered the authorities to confiscate his properties in the illegal allotment case, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Also issuing non-bailable warrants of the former three-time prime minister, the accountability court judge, Asad Ali, sought a report from NAB and other relevant officials on the developments related to confiscation before adjourning further proceedings till November 26.

However, the court separated the case of the other accused – Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman who is the owner and editor-in-chief of Geo/Jang Group – and directed that the copies of reference should be provided to him.

The orders to confiscate the properties came as the prosecution presented a report on executing the process initiated earlier to declare the former prime minister a proclaimed offender and his failure to appear before the court.

Earlier on Monday, the Supreme Court granted bail to Mir Shakil after a months-long detention after he was arrested by NAB on March 13. Later, he was shifted to prison on judicial remand. The case relates to a land transaction that took place 34 years ago.

As a three-member bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam accepted the bail plea against an order passed by the Lahore High Court (LHC), Justice Yahya Afridi observed that the criminal law did not permit discrimination. The instant case was not made in a proper manner, he observed.

The defence counsel, Amjad Pervez, argued that the NAB filed a reference against his client, the then Punjab chief minister Nawaz Sharif and others; however, only Mir Shakil was arrested on March 12 with warrants issued and inquiry authorised against him on the same day.