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Islamabad High Court orders issuing adverts to summon Nawaz Sharif

The Islamabad High Court ordered on Wednesday to summon former Premier Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Avenfield flats references.

The court was hearing appeals in the two cases. Nawaz Sharif had been sentenced to seven and ten years in prison in reference to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Avenfield flats cases, respectively.

The sentence of former premier in the Al-Azizia reference case was suspended. An appeal has been seeking its annulment.

The National Accountability Bureau has filed appeals in order to increase his sentence to 14 years in reference to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case. It seeks an end to the suspension of Nawaz Sharif’s sentence in the Avenfield case too.

In October 2019, Nawaz Sharif has been granted bail by IHC on humanitarian grounds. The government allowed him to leave the country to get medical treatment in November 2019 to London after his health deteriorated. He hasn’t come back since.

His bail expired in February 2020. Last month, non-bailable arrest warrants were issued by IHC for Nawaz Sharif. But the warrants were not received by the ex-premier.

During the hearing on Wednesday, a prosecutor of NAB told the court that there was enough evidence against the former premier. It was evident that he didn’t receive the warrants deliberately, he said.

The IHC ordered issuance of advertisements to summon the ex-premier Nawaz Sharif. It asked the attorney general to deposit the cost of advertisement in the IHC registrar’s office in two days.

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