ISLAMABAD: Accountability Court (AC) Islamabad has issued non- bailable arrest warrants of former Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif in Toshakhana reference.
The court has directed foreign ministry to get comply the arrest warrants through Pakistan embassy in UK.
The court also accepted Asif Ali Zardari plea for one day exemption from appearance in the court
Judge Syed Asghar Ali of AC No 3 Islamabad took up for hearing Toshakhana reference Thursday.
NAB prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi and investigation officer appeared in the court
NAB Prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar prayed the court to issue non -bailable arrest warrants of Nawaz Sharif and initiate action against him being the accused abroad.
Sardar Muzaffar said court can take any legal course in accordance with the circumstances. The court if wills so can get publish arrest warrants of Nawaz Sharif in UK news papers. The investigation officer himself had taken along with him arrest warrants to Jati Umrah. The security guard deployed on Nawaz Sharif residence had said Nawaz Sharif was not present therein and he was residing in Aven field apartments at present.
The counsel told the court that the co-accused in the reference Anwar Majid is in Karachi jail at present.
Farooq H Naik , counsel for the accused Anwar Majid and former president Asif Ali Zardari filed his power of attorney in the court.
Naik said Asif Ali Zardari is in Karachi and is sick. If he comes to Islamabad then this court room will be overcrowded with the people Zardari be not summoned in person in the wake of corona outbreak. Zardari has already faced several cases and he will not flee anywhere.
The judge remarked Asif Zardari gave his signed power of attorney to you where because at his whatever address we send summons reply is received Zardari is not there. Please give us the address in writing where Zardari is at present.
Farooq H Naik gave the court Karachi address of Asif Ali Zardari.
Sardar Muzaffar said Asif Ali Zardari will have to appear in person at one time at every cost. Please send warrants to Asif Ali Zardari rather than summons now.
The judge remarked once we see by sending summons at his present address.
Former PM Yousuf Raza Gillani filed petition during the course of hearing of the case seeking permanent exemption from attendance in the court.
He said in his petition it is hard for him to appear in the court repeatedly due to corona virus epidemic, therefore,. he should be granted exemption. Several parliamentarians have contracted corona virus.
The court while accepting NAB plea issued non bailable arrest warrants of Nawaz Sharif.
The non bailabale arrest warrants of Nawaz Sharif were issued due to his persistent absence.
The court issued notice to NAB on former PM Yousuf Raza Gillani plea for permanent exemption from the attendance.
Earlier, NAB prosecutor said that Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif got cars from Yousaf Raza Gillani through illegal way.
Zardari had only paid 15 percent cost of the cars by using his fake accounts, however, Libya and United Arab Emirates (UAE) also gifted him cars when he was serving as president, he told.
NAB official alleged that Asif Ali Zardari used these cars for his personal work instead of submitting them to Toshakhana.
Nawaz Sharif got car without any application in 2008 when he was not holding any public office, the anti-corruption watchdog’s representative stated.
The court adjourned the hearing of Tosha Khana reference till June 30.