NAB Seeks to Issue Permanent Arrest Warrants Against Former Prime Minister


On Wednesday, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) requested the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to grant them approval for permanent arrest warrants for the former Prime Minister of the country, Nawaz Sharif. 

After this application was written, Maryam Nawaz, Nawaz, as well as Captain (retd.) Safdar, also came forward to make their statements, against the sentences being designated to them, in front of the accountability court. The bench that heard their pleas consisted of Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani and Justice Aamir Farooq. 

Justice Aamir Farooq noted that the supremo of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has already been labelled as an absconder. Therefore, he asked the two counsels present to help with the appointment of a representative. 

Later on, Amjad Pervez, the attorney representing Maryam Nawaz, requested that their hearing be delayed. The court accepted the request and adjourned the hearing. It will now be held sometime by the end of May. 

On the 31st of March, the top accountability watchdog in the country, filed an application with the IHC to receive permission to take up the appeals made by the former Prime Minister. NAB wanted to move as soon as possible against the claims made by Nawaz Sharif against his conviction. 

The application that the watchdog wrote to the court consisted of two pages in total. It stated that as per the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999 (NAO), the issues that fall within the purview of the enactment, need to be resolved and decided at the earliest. 

In December of last year, it was the IHC that proceeded to declare the former Prime Minister as a proclaimed offender. This happened after the leader of the PML-N refused to show up in court when summoned repeatedly by the very bench that was formed to listen to the appeals made against his convictions. These convictions pertained to two different graft cases filed against Nawaz Sharif. 

Just last week, an accountability court located in the capital city of the country, ordered that the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) should sell all the shares that Nawaz Sharif owns in any and all businesses. Moreover, their proceeds were to be transferred into the treasury. 

A special order was also given by the court to the managers of several banks, where the leader of the PML-N has opened his accounts. They were informed to transfer the available funds into the state treasury within a time period of 30 days.