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Nawaz Sharif’s arrest warrant issued in government vehicles case

Case adjourned till June 11

SAMAA | - Posted: May 29, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: May 29, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago

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An accountability court in Islamabad issued on Friday the arrest warrant of former PM Nawaz Sharif in a case on the use of government vehicles. It is a part of the fake accounts case. Nawaz is currently in London seeking medical treatment.

A bench, headed by Judge Asghar Ali, granted exemption from appearance to former president Asif Ali Zardari.

NAB challenged the exemption plea and raised reservations over Zardari’s medical reports. Zardari’s lawyer said that NAB officials haven’t even read the reports. Zardari has to appear in court at least once, said NAB prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar.

Anwar Majeed has been arrested in a different case. The jail superintendent should be instructed to present him in court too, the prosecutor said.

He told the court that no one appeared on Nawaz’s behalf in the case. NAB said that it sent a summons notice to Nawaz at Jati Umra. Even after getting the notice, Nawaz’s lawyer didn’t appear in court, the prosecutor said.

The court rejected NAB’s request to arrest Majeed and Yousaf Raza Gillani from the court in this case.

The court has summoned Zardari among others on June 11.

According to NAB, Nawaz and Zardari received government cars during the tenure of former PM Yousaf Raza Gillani in 2009. The cars were gifted to Pakistan by the UAE and Libya.

NAB claims that laws were eased to give the cars to Nawaz and Zardari. The duty was paid using fake accounts. Nawaz didn’t hold any post in 2008 yet he was allowed to use the cars without submitting an official request.

The bureau said that Zardari paid 15% of the amount using fake accounts owned by Abdul Ghani Majeed. Majeed allegedly used the account of the Ansari Sugar Mills to conduct illegal transactions of more than Rs200 million. He also transferred Rs9.2 million into Zardari’s accounts and gave Rs37 million to a Customs collector in Islamabad, according to NAB.

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