ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Thursday concluded the first trial hearing in Avenfield flats by issuing bailable arrest warrants for ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as he failed to appear before the court, Aaj News reported.
The court issued arrest warrants for Sharif in Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flag Ship investment references.
Earlier today, the accountability court judge, Muhammad Bashir, turned down Nawaz Sharif’s counsel’s request to pardon his client to appear before the court for seven more days and directed him to produce Sharif in next hearing. The next hearing will be conducted on November 3.
Sharif who was schedule to arrive in Pakistan on Wednesday changed his homecoming plans by extending.
Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz arrived at an accountability court in federal capital on Thursday (today) for the first trial hearing in the graft reference against her, her spouse retired Captain Mohammad Safdar and her father Sharif.
Former PM’s daughter and her husband were accompanied by senior PML-N leaders.
An accountability court on Thursday (Oct 19) indicted ousted PM Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son in-law Captain rtd. Safdar in graft references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
The court indicted Sharif and family in Avenfield flats case despite of the fact that Nawaz Sharif and lead defence counsel Khawaja Haris Ahmed were both out of the country. However, all three of the accused have denied the charges.
Sharif, who has also been indicted in two other references, is unlikely to appear in court today.
In October 13th hearing the accountability court abruptly adjourned the indictment of deposed Prime Minister’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz and son in-law Capt retd. Safdar moments after the hearing into the graft case began.
PML-N lawyers forced their way into the courtroom and surrounded judges bench protesting against the security forces. Lawyers claim that, they were manhandled by the security officials right out side the court.
Counsel of the former PM Sharif, Khawaja Haris, before the court stated that his client should be exempted from personal appearance before the court as he is in London due to the mild illness of his spouse. Medical certificate of Kulsoom Nawaz was also presented before the court.
Ousted PM’s sons Hasan and Hussain Nawaz were declared ‘absconders’ in the same hearing, as they failed to appeared before the court.
Former PM Sharif and his sons have been nominated in all three references, while Maryam and her husband have been named only in two references.