IHC issues Nawaz Sharif’s non-bailable arrest warrants

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has rejected the exemption plea of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and released his non-bailable arrest warrants in Al-Azizia and Avenfield cases.

The PML-N chief through his counsel Khawaja Haris had moved two applications in the IHC seeking exemption from personal appearance on medical grounds. He stated that he was unable to appear in court due to his ill health.

The high court issued a verdict and directed concerned authorities to arrest and produce Sharif in the next hearing. The court stated that Nawaz Sharif does not deserve bail and relief anymore and also rejected his appeal for hearings through his legal representative.

Earlier on September 10, the IHC had ruled that it will decide on September 15 whether former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will get any relief. A two-judge bench comprising Justice Aamir Farooq and Mohsin Akhtar Kayani heard the appeals filed by the PML-N chief against his conviction in the Al-Azizia and Avenfield references.

The bench had questioned how can the court proceed with his plea without his surrender and directed both his lawyer Khawaja Haris and the NAB prosecutor to forward their arguments.

At a previous hearing, the IHC had directed Sharif to appear on 10th September and warned to declare him an absconder over failure to turn up. The court also warned of action against those who acted as guarantors to secure his bail.

The IHC had also observed that Nawaz Sindh did not inform the high out when he travelled abroad or when his name was removed from the Exit Control List.

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