ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani anti-corruption court has issued a bailable arrest warrant against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday in connection with two cases related to the Panama Papers leak.
This came after Sharif failed to appear before the court in two graft cases namely the Flagship Investment case and the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment case.
Sharif is in London with his wife Kalsum as she undergoes cancer treatment, and has not returned to Pakistan since he was indicted in the corruption allegations earlier this month, despite reports he would do so.
But his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar appeared before the court. His lawyer Khawaja Haris asked the court to exempt him from appearing.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on September 8, registered three cases against the ousted Prime Minister, his children and son-in-law in the Accountability Court following a verdict by the Supreme Court, which disqualified him after an investigation into corruption allegations against his family.
Last week, the court had indicted Sharif and his daughter over allegations linked to ownership of London properties, opening a trial that could see the former leader jailed.Follow @gorkhapost
Country marking today as Black Day
KATHMANDU- The country is marking today (December 16) as Black Day to protest the disposition of the first democratically elected government by the late former king Mahendra Shah on December 15, 1960.
Mahendra took charge of the state with the help of the then Royal Nepali Army and formulated the Panchayat System by overthrowing the elected government led by B.P. Koirala and dissolving the parliament.
Various programmes are scheduled on the occasion.Follow @gorkhapost