NAB requests court to issue Shehbaz’s arrest warrants

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau asked the accountability court on Tuesday to dismiss Shehbaz Sharif’s plea for exemption from appearance and his arrest warrants should be issued.
The NAB submitted its response to the accountability court in relation to Shehbaz Sharif’s appearance in Ashiana Iqbal Housing scheme and Ramzan Sugar Mills case.
The petition said that Shehbaz Sharif is roaming roads of London and here he has submitted applications related to health issues.
All medical tests and treatment of Shehbaz Sharif are possible in Pakistan, stated the NAB petition.
When the court inquired about the former chief minister Punjab’s return, his lawyer said that Shehbaz Sharif will return on June 11.
Meanwhile, Shehbaz’s son Hamza Shehbaz went to the court to mark his presence.
The father-son duo were indicted in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case in April. The National Accountability Bureau in February had filed a reference against the two alleging that the former chief minister of Punjab misused his authority by using public funds for the construction of a bridge to facilitate the Ramzan mills, owned by his sons.
The PML-N president was earlier indicted in the Ashiana scheme case.
The judge expressed resentment over loud talk of several lawyers at a time, which created a noisy situation in the courtroom. “Don’t make the court a political talking place,” the judge told lawyers.
The court called Hamza Shehbaz to the rostrum and asked him to ask his people to take care of the dignity of the court.
The court adjourned the hearing after assurance about return of Shehbaz Sharif to Pakistan on June 11.
Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif in an earlier statement had said that he will return to Pakistan after completion of his medical tests.
The Bureau had summoned Shehbaz Sharif in the Ashiana Housing scam in August.
According to NAB, “the contract for the housing scheme was won by a construction company titled Chaudhry Latif and Sons but former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif and his aides awarded the Rs 14 billion contract to Lahore Casa Developers – a proxy group of Paragon City (Pvt) Limited, which is said to be owned by former railways minister Saad Rafique”. – NNI

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