LAHORE: An accountability court issued a notice to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday. The notice was issued after the PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif sought exemption from personal appearance in proceedings against him.
Mr. Sharif stands trial in Ashiana-i-Iqbal Housing Scheme and Ramzan Sugar Mills cases filed by NAB.
Amjad Pervez advocate filed an application during Thursday’s hearing, saying the applicant was in London to look after his ailing brother former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. He presented the file before the court on behalf of Mr. Shahbaz.
The council allowed the application in light of the Lahore High Court’s permission to his brother, Nawaz, to travel abroad for medical treatment.
Presiding Judge Amjad Nazir Chaudhry questioned the legislations regarding the matter. He also wondered whether there was any provision in the law for the appointment of a ‘pleader’ in the absence of an accused.
Mr. Amjad answered that indeed the law allowed the court to appoint a person to represent an accused.
Pakistan Bar Council has called a strike so the court postponed the hearing till Dec 12. Meanwhile, the court directed NAB to submit a reply to the application.
Furthermore, the judge also extended the judicial remand of Hamza Shahbaz till Dec 12. The leader of opposition in Punjab Assembly is trying in Ramzan Sugar Mills and money laundering/illegal assets cases.
A prosecutor also provided copies of supplementary reference of the sugar mills to Hamza.