NAB issues bailable warrants for Nawaz
Islamabad: On Friday, the Islamabad court issued an arrest warrant against Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister and the highest leader of the Pakistan-Nawaz Muslim League (PML-N), because he was absent during the referral process. He accused the Pakistan People ’s Party (PPP Vice Chairman) Asif Ali Zardari and former Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani of accepting Toshakhana Luxury car and gifts provided.
The reference was submitted to the court on March 2. The accountability judge Syed Asghar Ali issued summonses for the owners of the Omni group Sharif, Zardari, Gillan, Khawaja Anwar Majeed and Abdul Ghani Majeed on May 15 and was nominated as a defendant in the reference.
Zardari and Gillan, some of them received luxury cars and gifts from Toshakhana
According to the National Accountability Office, Mr. Gilani was accused of illegally transferring cars to Mr. Zardari and Mr. Sharif.
At Friday’s hearing, Gilani and Garni Majeed appeared in court, Sharif and Zardari were absent.
NAB Deputy Attorney General Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi asked the court to issue arrest warrants for Gillan and Majeed, even though they had joined the court proceedings.
The office also asked the court to issue a non-bail arrest warrant for Sharif and Zardari absent from court.
Mr. Zardari ’s lawyer informed the court that he was taken to the hospital. The lawyer also filed an exemption request with Mr. Zardari, requiring him to proceed with the procedure on Friday.
Since Mr. Sharif has gone abroad, and no one has asked him to exempt personal assistance, the judge issued a bail order.
The court was informed that Anwar Majeed was also taken to the hospital and he did not receive a summons issued on May 15. His lawyer told the court that due to his illness, Mr. Majeed was unable to travel to Islamabad to participate in the proceedings.
The court ordered all defendants, including Mr. Sharif and Mr. Zardari, to guarantee their next trial date (June 11).
The defense lawyer said that because the NAB president did not invoke his power to issue an arrest warrant, the NAB prosecutor could not petition the court to think that the defendant issued an arrest warrant.
The reference document indicates that Mr. Zardari and Mr. Sharif bought cars from Toshakhana at a price of 15% of the car price. The office further stated that Gilani provided Zardari and Nawaz in this regard. Dishonestly and illegally relaxed the procedures for accepting and taking out gifts issued by the Pakistani government. Purchased by the recipient and delivered to the central department of the cabinet department.
The reference document also states that Mr. Zardari received and received armored vehicles as gifts from the United Arab Emirates (BMW750 Li 2005 model, Lexus Jeep 2007 model) and Libya (BMW 760 Li 2008 model) from September to October 2008. He was asked to immediately report and store the vehicle to Toshakhana of the Cabinet Department, but he did not report or deprive the gifted vehicle.