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Pak court issues bailable arrest warrant for Sharif

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's today issued a bailable against ousted prime minister in two cases of corruption spiralling from the Panama Papers leak.

The accountability issued the against Sharif after he failed to appear in the in two graft cases the Flagship Investment case and the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment case.

Sharif, 67, is in with his wife Kalsum who is undergoing treatment, and has not returned to for the hearing since he was indicted in the graft allegations.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on September 8 registered three cases against Sharif, his children and son- in-in the Accountability here following a verdict by the Supreme Court, which disqualified him after an investigation into corruption allegations against his family.

Sharif's daughter Maryam and son-in-Muhammad Safdar appeared in the but Sharif was absent and his lawyer Khawaja Haris asked the to exempt him from appearance, according to a official.

deputy prosecutor general Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi opposed the application and said that already the granted Sharif 15-day exemption that expired on October 24.

He accused Sharif of delaying tactics.

The after hearing arguments rejected the plea and issued bailable arrest against him in Al-Azizi Steel and Flagship Investment corruption cases and issued notices to Sharifs guarantor in Avenfield reference case as he was already given bail in the case.

The adjourned hearing in all three cases till November 3.

The last week indicted Sharif in three cases in his absence.

The during the hearing on October 9 decided to separate the trial of his two sons -- Husain and Hasan -- from Sharif and his daughter and son-in-

It also had ordered to start the process of declaring proclaimed offender to Husain and Hasan for failing to appear before the

Heavy security arrangements were made and more than 400 security personnel deployed to deal with any untoward situation.

The cases are based on July 28 verdict by the Supreme which disqualified Sharif and ordered to launch three corruption cases against him and his family, and one case against finance minister Ishaq Dar.

Dar has already been indicted and his trial has been going on.

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First Published: Thu, October 26 2017. 12:13 IST