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Islamabad court declares Nawaz Sharif a 'fugitive'

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.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
 
76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
 
1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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