Islamabad court declares Nawaz Sharif a 'fugitive'

Web Desk 02:41 PM | 2 Dec, 2020
Islamabad court declares Nawaz Sharif a 'fugitive'

ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday declared former prime minister Nawaz Sharif a “proclaimed offender” for not surrendering before the court of law. 

A two-member bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani issued the ruling while hearing petitions by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif against his sentences in the Al Azizia and Avenfield cases.

The court also recorded the statements of Foreign Ministry Director Europe Mubashir Khan Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) official Ejaz Ahmed during the hearing. 

The foreign ministry official informed the bench that he had received the court's advertisements regarding Nawaz Sharif and sent it to the Pakistani High Commission in London.

FIA’s Ejaz in his statement said he delivered the advertisements at Nawaz Sharif’s residences in Jati Umrah and Model Town in Lahore. He informed the court that pictures of the FIA’s visits have been provided to the court. 

As court recorded the statements, Justice Farooq turned towards NAB’s counsel Additional Prosecutor General Jahanzaib Bharwana and sought his advice for next action. 

“What should we do now?” the judge asked. 

The NAB pleaded the court to throw out the appeals filed by the former prime minister against his punishment on “merit”.

He added that Nawaz Sharif, who is in London for his treatment for over 12 months, can be sentenced for not surrendering to the court.

To this, Justice Farooq asked the NAB counsel to present judicial precedents during the next hearing on how the appeals of the former premier should be handled. 

He said that the court is scheduled to hear cases of Maryam Nawaz and Captain Safdar in coming days, adding: “Should the court fixed Nawaz’s appals along with these cases?”

However, Bharwana opposed it. 

Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani in his remarks said that the court will also look at the conduct of former accountability judge Arshad Malik, who was sacked after his controversial videos surfaced.

Following the arguments, the court declared Nawaz a proclaimed offender. A written order will be issued shortly.

Pakistan writes to UK for Nawaz’s deportation 

Adviser to Prime Minister on Accountability and Interior Barrister Mirza Shahzad Akbar Wednesday said that a letter has been sent to United Kingdom (UK) authorities, asking them to deport the convicted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad flanked by Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Political Communication Shahbaz Gill, he said Pakistan has asked the US to annul the former premier’s visa, which was issued for medical treatment. The six month visa has not yet extended by UK.

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on June 1, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on June 1, 2023 (Thursday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 310.9 314.15
Euro EUR 330 333.3
UK Pound Sterling GBP 382.5 386.3
U.A.E Dirham AED 84.8 85.6
Saudi Riyal SAR 82.2 83
Australian Dollar AUD 201 203
Bahrain Dinar BHD 758.25 766.25
Canadian Dollar CAD 227 229.2
China Yuan CNY 40.26 40.66
Danish Krone DKK 41.04 41.44
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.39 36.74
Indian Rupee INR 3.45 3.56
Japanese Yen JPY 2.25 2.45
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 927.17 936.17
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.94 62.54
New Zealand Dollar NZD 172.79 174.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 740.96 748.96
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.37 79.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 220 222
Swedish Korona SEK 26.36 26.66
Swiss Franc CHF 315.04 317.54
Thai Bhat THB 8.21 8.36

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – June 1, 2023

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 230,500 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs197,620.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs181,150 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 211,290.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 230,500  PKR 2125
Karachi PKR 230,500  PKR 2125
Islamabad PKR 230,500  PKR 2125
Peshawar PKR 230,500  PKR 2125
Quetta PKR 230,500  PKR 2125
Sialkot PKR 230,500  PKR 2125
Attock PKR 230,500  PKR 2125
Gujranwala PKR 230,500  PKR 2125
Jehlum PKR 230,500  PKR 2125
Multan PKR 230,500  PKR 2125
Bahawalpur PKR 230,500  PKR 2125
Gujrat PKR 230,500  PKR 2125
Nawabshah PKR 230,500  PKR 2125
Chakwal PKR 230,500  PKR 2125
Hyderabad PKR 230,500  PKR 2125
Nowshehra PKR 230,500  PKR 2125
Sargodha PKR 230,500  PKR 2125
Faisalabad PKR 230,500  PKR 2125
Mirpur PKR 230,500  PKR 2125


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