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October 26,2017

NAB court issues arrest warrants for Nawaz Sharif

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ISLAMABAD: An accountability court in Islamabadhearing graft cases against the Sharif familyissued bailable arrest warrants for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

The arrest warrants for the former prime minister had been issued for failing to appear in court in two references - Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment.

The NAB court, earlier, resumed hearing graft cases against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, her daughter MaryamNawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar.

Later, the court adjourned the hearing until Nov 3.

Earlier, Khawaja Harris, the counsel for ex-PM, pleaded before Accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir that his client should be exempted from appearing in court owing to his wife's illness.

NAB prosecutor Imran Shafiq opposed granting exemption to the former prime minister.

He prayed the court to suspend the surety bonds of Nawaz Sharif and issue warrants for his arrest.

Maryam Nawaz had reached Islamabad from Lahore to appear before the court.

Special passes were issued to ministers and 15 journalists to enter the court.

Police and FC had been deployed at and around the judicial complex to ensure security.

Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif did not appear in court today as he is in Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah, however, his representative Zaafir Khan appeared on his behalf.

The court, in the previous hearing, had allowed exemption to Nawaz Sharif from appearing before it for 15 days, which had already expired on Oct 24.


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