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Toshakhana case: Nawaz declared proclaimed offender, Zardari indicted

The court also indicted four other accused persons in the case, including former president Asif Ali Zardari and former premier Yousaf Raza Gillani. 

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Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was on Wednesday declared a ‘proclaimed offender’ in the Toshakhana reference by an accountability court in Islamabad. The court also indicted four other accused persons in the case, including former president Asif Ali Zardari and former premier Yousaf Raza Gillani.

The accountability court conducted a hearing into Toshakhana reference today against prominent political personalities, including Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif, over allegedly obtaining luxury vehicles from the treasury by paying 15 percent of the actual price. Former premier Yousaf Raza Gillani had allegedly facilitated the allotment of the cars to both of them.

Former president and Pakistan People’s Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and ex-premier Yousaf Raza Gillani appeared in the hearing conducted by the accountability court’s judge Asghar Ali in the capital earlier today.

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During the hearing, the judge declared Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif a proclaimed offender in the case and sought details of his movable and immovable assets within a week.

Toshakhana case

The NAB had filed a reference with the accountability court against the former heads of the state for not depositing luxury vehicles and valuable gifts received from the foreign leaders in the treasury.

NAB sources said that former president Asif Ali Zardari had only paid 15 percent of the total cost of the vehicles received as gifts through fake accounts.

Zardari had received expensive cars as a gift from Libya and the UAE but did not deposit it in the Toshakhana, the sources added.

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As prime ministers, Nawaz Sharif and Yousaf Raza Gillani had also received cars as a gift from different foreign leaders and used it themselves instead of depositing them in the treasury.