Islamabad (November 14, 2017): The accountability court hearing the corruption references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family adjourned the proceeding to declare Hussain Nawaz and Hasan Nawaz proclaimed offenders as unavailability of NAB investigation office for a brief period.
When the court resumed proceeding to declare the two as Proclaimed Offenders, a NAB prosecutor told the court that the NAB investigation officer has not yet reached the court.
He informed the court that the IO was coming from Lahore and due to dense fog in Punjab he got late in reaching the court.
The prosecutor said that the IO would be reaching the court shortly as he was on the way. Upon this the court adjourned proceeding till 12:00 pm today.The two sons of the former premier have not appeared in a single hearing of the three corruption references filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
The brothers, who reside outside Pakistan, are accused in all three references ordered by the Supreme Court in its July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case: Avenfield properties, Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and Flagship Investment Ltd.
Last week, the thirty-day deadline given to Hussain and Hasan to appear before the accountability court hearing corruption cases against them expired.
With the expiry of the deadline, the court will officially declare the two proclaimed offenders as a result of which the properties of the scions of Nawaz family may be seized at any given time.
At a hearing of the references on October 9, Judge Mohammad Bashir had accepted NAB’s plea to declare Hussain and Hasan proclaimed offenders and separated their proceedings in the three references filed against them.
Their non-bailable arrest warrants, issued at the last hearing on October 2, remain in effect.
Earlier, the judge had directed for initiating the process of declaring them proclaimed offenders.This involved publication of notices in newspapers directing the accused to appear in court. Failure to do so would result in seizure of property and issuance of further warrants.
On October 12, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) posted the court’s proclamation order on the main gate of the Sharif family’s residences in Jati Umra and Model Town, Lahore.