Court issues bailable arrest warrants for Nawaz Sharif in plots case Aug 05, 2020

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Court issues bailable arrest warrants for Nawaz Sharif in plots case Aug 05, 2020

ISLAMABAD- An accountability court on Wednesday issued bailable arrest warrants for former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif over his non-appearance in illegal plots allotment case.

Accountability Court Judge Asad Ali conducted the case proceedings, wherein  former Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general Humayun Faiz and former LDA  Director Land Development Mian Bashir Ahmed appeared on being summoned by the court.

At the start of proceedings, the court questioned why accused Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman, Jang /Geo group Editor-in-Chief , was not produced.

To which, National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) Special Prosecutor Haris Qureshi told the court that the accused were not being produced in the courts due to COVID-19.

At this, the court observed that how the proceedings could move forward if the main accused would not be produced. The court ordered for producing Mir Shakil on the next date of hearing.

The court also noted that the process server had submitted its report and it was stated that Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was not available on given address and he had gone to London.

NAB Special Prosecutor requested the court for issuing bailable arrest warrants for  Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

Subsequently, the court issued bailable arrest warrants for Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and extended the judicial remand of Mir Shakil while adjourning the hearing till August 20.

On last hearing, the court had issued notices to Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and LDA officials for appearing before it, after filing of reference by the Bureau.

The NAB had filed a reference against Mir Shakil and others. Besides Mir Shakil,  former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif,  former Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general Humayun Faiz, former Director Land Development Mian Bashir Ahmed had been named as the accused in Rs 143.5 million reference.

The NAB had alleged that Mir Shakil obtained illegal exemption of 54 plots of one-kanal each in Johar Town Lahore, with the connivance of Nawaz Sharif, the then chief minister of Punjab, in violation of the exemption policy in 1986.