Non-bailable arrest warrants issued for Sharif children

Nawaz Sharif during his court appearance in Islamabad last week

Nawaz Sharif during his court appearance in Islamabad last week

The court had set Oct 2 (today) for the indictment of Sharif, but it deferred the framing of charges against him.

The accountability court hearing the corruption case against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family on Monday ordered the issuance of non-bailable arrest warrants for Nawaz Sharif's sons, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz, and son-in-law.

"Begum Kulsoom's condition necessitates that her family stay with her. Nawaz Sharif may also leave for London after his appearance in the accountability court", Sanaullah had said.

The arrest warrants were issued due to their absence from the hearing again today.Judge Muhammad Bashir ordered the police to arrest and present Sharif's children and son-in-law on next hearing.

He later held a press conference in which he vowed a landslide win for his ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party in general elections due to be held by the end of next year, and insisted he was seen as innocent in the court of public opinion.

Former Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif has arrived Islamabad to appear in accountability court for indictment proceedings in three NAB references.

Last month his wife Kalsum, who is being treated for throat cancer in London, won his former parliamentary seat during a by-election in Lahore in a poll seen as a test of the PML-N's popularity after his ousting.

The national anti-graft watchdog had filed the references against Sharif family and the finance minister in compliance with the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case.

An Accountability Court in Islamabad has resumed hearing of references against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The fourth reference was filed against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar under Section 14-c for possessing assets beyond the known sources of his income.

On query by the court, the court was apprised that all four are not in the country; hence, bailable warrants could not be implemented. "However, in normal practice, non-bailable arrest warrants are issued for continuous non-compliance of the court's order", Supreme Court Advocate Mubeen Qazi had told mediamen. Sharif had earlier appeared before the accountability court on 26 September in connection with the case.

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