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Panama Papers Case: Pakistan Court Issues Arrest Warrant Against Ousted PM Nawaz Sharif

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| October 26 , 2017 , 13:06 IST

A Pakistan court on Thursday has issued two bailable arrest warrants against ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in connection with the Panama Papers case as Nawaz failed to present himself in court.

The same court had indicted Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Muhammad Safda in connection with the case after the defendants were unable to declare the source of the income they used to buy two flats in London.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has registered a total of 3 cases against Sharif, his children and his son-in-law which are currently being investigated. However, the court on October 9 decided to separate the trial of Sharif's sons Husain and Hasan from the trial of Sharif himself and his daughter and son-in-law.

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While Sharif's daughter and son-in-appeared in court, Sharif was missing and his lawyer Khawaja Haris asked the court to exempt him from appearance but was denied, after which the arrest warrants were issued against him.  

Nawaz Sharif reportedly skipped the hearing as he was in Saudi Arabia with his mother to perform the Hajj ritual of Umra. He had been given a 15-day exemption from the court which expired on October 24.

Opposing the exemption request made by Sharif's lawyer Khawaja Haris, NAB deputy prosecutor general Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi said that the court had already granted him a 15-day exemption and accused Sharif of using delay tactics.

The next hearing is scheduled for November 3.