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Arrest warrants issued for Nawaz Sharif

Arrest warrants issued for Nawaz Sharif

A Pakistani court on Thursday issued arrest warrants for ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Panama Papers scandal.

Sharif is currently in London with his wife Kalsum as she undergoes cancer treatment, and has not returned to Pakistan since he was indicted in the corruption allegations earlier this month, despite reports he would do so.

The accountability court issued bailable warrants for the former prime minister in two cases of alleged corruption today and adjourned hearing until November 3, one of his defense lawyers, Zafir Khan told AFP.

The claims against the prime minister stemmed from the Panama Papers leak last year, which sparked a media frenzy over the luxurious lifestyles and high-end London property portfolio owned by his family.

Last month his wife Kalsum won his former parliamentary seat during a heated by-election in Lahore, in a poll seen as a key test of the ruling party’s popularity after Sharif’s sacking and ahead of a general election due to be held sometime next year.

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