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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Court terminates Nawaz’s perpetual arrest warrant

AC Judge Muhammad Bashir heard the case wherein former prime minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before the court along with his legal team.

An Accountability Court on Tuesday canceled the perpetual arrest warrant of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Quaid Nawaz Sharif in the Toshakhana reference.

AC Judge Muhammad Bashir heard the case wherein former prime minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before the court along with his legal team.

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Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, who is also named in the case, also appeared while the court granted one time exemption from attendance to ex-president Asif Ali Zardari.

During the course of the hearing, Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer Qazi Misbah filed three separate applications for the release of his client’s confiscated property, the appointment of a pleader in the case and the submission of bail bonds in the Toshakhana reference.

To the court’s query, the lawyer replied that Advocate Rana Muhammad Irfan was the pleader, who was present in the court.

He said that Nawaz Sharif would appear whenever the court would summon him.

The court said that copies of the case would be distributed on the next date of the hearing.

The court issued a notice to NAB on the request for the release of confiscated property and sought its response.

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On the occasion, NAB Prosecutor Sohail Arif said the arrest warrants of Nawaz Sharif should be terminated after he surrendered before the court so that his trial could proceed.

The court accepted the bail of Nawaz Sharif against surety bonds of Rs1 million and stopped the Bureau from arresting him.

The case was then adjourned till November 20.

The National Accountability Bureau, in the reference, has alleged that Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari had obtained bulletproof vehicles from the Toshakhana during the regime of Yousaf Raza Gilani.