ISLAMABAD : The accountability court on Thursday has issued non-bailable arrest warrant for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over continuous absence in Toshakhana case. Previously, accountability court had issued arrest warrant against Nawaz Sharif and directed Asif Ali Zardari to appear on June 11. Since Nawaz is currently in the UK, the court ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to confirm the implementation of the warrants through the Pakistan Embassy in the UK. Issuing non-bailable arrest warrants for the former prime minister, the court issued the summon notice to Zardari and ordered to ensure his attendance in the next hearing on June 30. Former president Asif Ali Zardari and former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani are also being investigated in the case. On Thursday, accountability court III heard the case. Gilani and Zardari had filed exemption pleas from appearing before the court citing the coronavirus’ spread. Their requests were accepted, but the court said Gilani should ensure his appearance on the day he will be indicted and Zardari shall also turn up to court at least once. The court then adjourned the hearing till June 30. During the hearing, the court approved PPP co-chairman and former president Asif Ali Zaradri’s exemption plea, asking where he is and why he has not attended the hearing. In a response, Zardari’s lawyer Farooq H Naek said that his client is in Karachi and if he attends the proceedings, there will be no space in the court as the PPP workers will throng court for showing solidarity with their leader. Zardari has to appear in the court for at least one time, the judge remarked. Meanwhile, Yousaf Raza Gillani has filed an exemption plea, stating that he is unable to appear in the court again and again due to coronavirus outbreak. Earlier, NAB prosecutor said that Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif got cars from Yousaf Raza Gillani through illegal way. Zardari had only paid 15 percent cost of the cars by using his fake accounts, however, Libya and United Arab Emirates (UAE) also gifted him cars when he was serving as president, he told. NAB official alleged that Asif Ali Zardari used these cars for his personal work instead of submitting them to Toshakhana. Nawaz Sharif got car without any application in 2008 when he was not holding any public office, the anti-corruption watchdog’s representative stated.
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