Non-bailable arrest warrant for Nawaz Sharif, remand of Mir Shakil extended till Sept 17


LAHORE: The Lahore accountability court has issued non-bailable arrest warrants for former prime minister and PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif in a plot allotment reference. Accountability Court Judge Asad Ali heard the illegal plot allotment reference against accused Nawaz Sharif and others. Special Prosecutor Haris Qureshi appeared on behalf of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

According to a Dawn report, the Special Prosecutor of NAB requested the court to issue non-bailable arrest warrants for the accused Mian Nawaz Sharif. He requested the court to charge the accused Mir Shakeel and start the trial soon.

Nawaz Sharif

On this occasion, Inspector Bashir Ahmed of Model Town Police Station presented the report of arrest warrant of Nawaz Sharif.

According to the report, accused Mian Nawaz Sharif is not present at the Model Town residence and at the Model Town residence, PML-N Deputy Secretary Ata Tarar confirmed that the accused was abroad.

The report submitted by the police officer further said that at the residence of accused Nawaz Sharif in Raiwind, the secretary of the accused said that Nawaz Sharif has been abroad for 6 months.

The court issued non-bailable arrest warrants for former prime minister and PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif. The court also ordered the Foreign Ministry to execute Nawaz Sharif’s non-bailable warrant through the Pakistan High Commission in London.

It may be mentioned that NAB has filed a reference against Mir Shakeel, Nawaz Sharif, former Director General Lahore Development Authority (DGLDA) Humayun Faiz Rasool and Mian Bashir on June 22 this year.

Earlier on August 5, Nawaz Sharif was issued a bailable arrest warrant. It is pertinent to mention here that Nawaz Sharif is currently residing in London who was granted bail by the Islamabad High Court in October last year on 8 weeks medical grounds, after which the former Prime Minister went abroad and later went to court. He was directed to approach the Punjab government for extension of bail, but the provincial government rejected his bail application.

Remand of MSR

An accountability court on Thursday extended the judicial remand of Jang-Geo Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman till September 17.

Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman

The authorities concerned produced Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman before Accountability Court Judge Assad Ali. Senior lawyer Amjad Parvez represented Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman during the hearing. 

The court directed NAB through a short order to return the belongings of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman taken into custody at the time of detention. 

The editor-in-chief is in custody for more than 174 days in a case that is of documentary nature. Moreover, the NAB had filed the reference over a property deal reached with the owners of private land 34 years ago.

Plot allotment

It may be recalled that on March 12, the National Accountability Office arrested Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman, editor-in-chief of Jang and Geo Group, in a land-related case.

NAB spokesman Nawazish Ali said the agency arrested Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman in Lahore in a case involving the purchase of 54 plots.

It was also alleged that Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman appeared before the NAB for the second time on Thursday to answer NAB’s queries regarding the land but failed to convince the bureau regarding the purchase of the land on which he was arrested. went.

It may be recalled that according to the summons issued to Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman on February 28, he was evicted from the land illegally allotted in 1986 by the then Punjab Chief Minister Nawaz Sharif in Block H of Johar Town Phase II. The NAB was summoned on March 5 to record the statement.

On the other hand, according to a spokesperson of Jang Group, the property was purchased 34 years ago, all the evidence of which was provided to the NAB, including documents meeting the legal requirements of taxes and duties.