Non-bailable warrants issued for Nawaz in Toshakhana case
An accountability court in Islamabad issued non-bailable warrants for PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif in the Treasure House (Toshakhana) case over his continued absence, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Thursday.
However, the court accepted the plea submitted by Farooq H Naek on behalf of former president Asif Ali Zardari, exempting him to appear in person due to health reasons.
During the hearing, NAB prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar requested the judge, Asghar Ali, to issue arrest warrants for Nawaz, saying the court could adopt any measure to ensure his presence, including publishing ads in the British newspapers.
The investigation officer had delivered the summons himself at his Jati Umra residence but was informed he wasn’t there, he said, adding that another accused, Anwar Majeed, was currently imprisoned at the Malir jail in Karachi.
Earlier on May 29, the accountability court had issued bailable arrest warrants for the PML-N supremo and exempted Zardari from appearing for hearing on a similar an application, citing poor health. However, the judge had asked him to attend the next hearing scheduled for June 11 (Thursday) at every cost.
Even during the last hearing, no one appeared before the court to represent Nawaz in the case.
According to the reference filed by the NAB, both Zardari and Nawaz are accused of obtaining cars from the Treasure House by paying 15 per cent of the price of the cars.
It is alleged that the then prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani facilitated them in this regard by relaxing he procedure for the acceptance and disposal of gifts.
On the other, another accountability court in Lahore adjourned the hearing of Ramzan Sugar Mills case till July 1 after the counsel for Shehbaz Sharif, the PML-N president, requested the court that his client had contracted the coronavirus.