Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar have been convicted in the Avenfield properties case on July 6, 2018.
- PTI Islamabad
- Last Updated: September 15, 2020, 11:07 PM IST
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A courtroom in Pakistan on Tuesday issued non-bailable arrest warrant towards former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for failing to look throughout listening to of his enchantment towards conviction in a corruption case. A two-member bench of the Islamabad High Court comprising Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani took up Sharif’s enchantment in Al-Azizia metal mills corruption case. Sharif, 70, has been in London since November final yr after the Lahore High Court granted him permission to go overseas for 4 weeks for therapy.
The three-time premier, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar have been convicted in the Avenfield properties case on July 6, 2018. Sharif was additionally sentenced to seven years in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case in December 2018. But Sharif was bailed out in each instances and in addition allowed to go to London for medical therapy. Sharif’s lawyer, Khawaja Haris Ahmed, final week filed a evaluate petition in the Islamabad High Court stating that his well being situation wouldn’t enable him to return dwelling from London and give up in a corruption case. He additionally submitted the previous premier’s newest medical recordsdata attested by London-based guide cardiothoracic surgeon Dr David Lawrence.
The courtroom had warned Sharif to give up by September 15 earlier than his enchantment was taken up for normal listening to. Since he couldn’t adjust to the order, the courtroom issued a non-bailable arrest warrant and adjourned listening to till September 22. The courtroom additionally rejected Sharif’s plea searching for exemption from the listening to and directed to provoke proceedings to declare him as proclaimed offender. It additionally turned down one other plea to proceed the case hearings by means of a authorized consultant.
The courtroom rejected the argument by his lawyer that Sharif was affected by medical complication and would come again after therapy. In May, an image of Sharif having tea at a London cafe alongside along with his household went viral on social media, sparking a debate on the seriousness of his well being situation.
The authorities got here underneath additional criticism when final month Sharif’s photographs surfaced on-line, exhibiting him strolling in a road, prompting calls from throughout the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf to carry him again..