In a recent development, an Accountability Court (AC) has taken the decision to suspend the perpetual arrest warrants issued for Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N)’s leader, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, in the Toshakhana case. The court has also halted any attempts to arrest him upon his return from abroad. This decision is contingent upon his appearance before the court by October 24.
AC-I Judge Muhammad Bashir presided over the hearing of the petition, which was filed by the former prime minister’s lawyer, Qazi Misbah Advocate. The lawyer informed the court that his client intends to surrender before the court on October 21 upon his return.
During the hearing, the court requested the case records related to the PML-N leader. In response to the court’s query, the lawyer explained that Nawaz Sharif had left the country to seek medical treatment, and a recent medical report had been submitted as part of the case.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor conveyed that they did not oppose the suspension of arrest warrants if Nawaz Sharif intended to surrender before the court.
When asked about the former president, Asif Ali Zardari, the lawyer stated that he was being represented by a pleader in court. Furthermore, the lawyer highlighted that, thus far, no arrests have been made in the Toshakhana case. He indicated that he would present a comprehensive argument on October 24.
Following the arguments presented in court, the judge reserved the verdict on the petition. Subsequently, the court temporarily suspended the perpetual arrest warrants of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif until October 24.
It is worth noting that the NAB had named PML-N leader Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, former president Asif Ali Zardari, and former prime minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani as accused individuals in a reference related to the receipt of vehicles from the Toshakhana during the tenure of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). The case continues to evolve, and future proceedings will shed more light on the matter.
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