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NAB writes letter to Interior Ministry for cancellation of Nawaz’s CNIC and passport, report

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has written a letter to Interior Ministry for the cancellation of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s CNIC and passport.

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The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has written a letter to Interior Ministry for the cancellation of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s CNIC and passport, ARY News reported on Friday.

Arrest warrants for Nawaz Sharif have been issued by the court his travel documents should be canceled, the NAB has recommended interior ministry in a letter.

Proclamation against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz supremo issued by the IHC, the matter of letter states, and further recommends the Interior ministry to contact Interpol for the extradition of the former prime minister.

The Interior Ministry has confirmed to receive the letter of the NAB, sources added. Yesterday, NAB had also written a letter to the Lahore police, calling for the former premier’s proclamation notices with his photo affixed to them be put up at every police station in the city.

His proclamation would also be pasted outside his Jati Umra residence in Lahore, according to the NAB letter.

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On October 7, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) issued a proclamation against the former prime minister in Avenfield and Al-Azizia references. Through the proclamation, the court asked the PML-N supreme leader to surrender himself within 30 days to avoid further adverse process.

Nawaz is proclaimed offender

On September 9, 2020, Nawaz Sharif was on Wednesday declared a ‘proclaimed offender’ in the Toshakhana reference by an accountability court in Islamabad. 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.

Similarly, on September 30, 2020, Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has passed some strong remarks against the former premier, reported local media. “Nawaz Sharif left for London after deceiving the government and the nation,” the judge noted. Justice Kayani also said that “Nawaz mocked the entire system”. “This is very shameful,” the judge lamented.

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Analysts argue that no politically powerful person in Pakistan’s history has ever been punished in a court of law in a corruption case; convictions even if obtained in lower courts are almost always overturned by superior courts. The system simply does not have the will to punish powerful people- they argue.  In this case, powerful sections of media, doctors and other actors active behind the scenes may be making a case to pressurize Prime Minister Imran Khan to let Nawaz go to London under a medical emergency, it’s being said.