Arrest warrants issued against Nawaz

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The accountability court, turning down Nawaz Sharif’s counsel’s request to exempt him to appear before the court, issued his arrest warrants in the NAB reference case on Thursday.

Maryam Nawaz, daughter of deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, arrived at the accountability court in Islamabad the first trial hearing in the reference filed against her, her husband retired Capt (retd) Mohammad Safdar and Nawaz by the National Accountability Bureau.

The accountability court judge, Muhammad Bashir, turned down Nawaz Sharif’s counsel’s request to exempt his client to appear before the court.

Nawaz’s counsel had requested the court to grant the deposed prime minister seven more days to appear before the court.

The court adjourned the hearing till November 3.

On October 18, the trio was indicted in a reference pertaining to Avenfield apartments in London while Nawaz was also indicted in the references concerning the Al-Azizia Company Limited and the Hill Metals Establishment by Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir.  Through the pleader, Nawaz pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The charge-sheet against Nawaz in the Al-Azizia and Hill Metals references says: “Assets are disproportionate in your known sources of income worth millions of rupees [and] transactions carried on moving between family members and their companies without any plausible explanation and consideration which are utilized for the acquisition of assets ostensibly in the name of your sons/co-accused with purpose to conceal the real source of investment.

Posted by Express Tribune

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