Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s son returned to Pakistan after self-exile to Britain Hasan Nawaz Hussain Nawaz Panama Papers

New Delhi: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s sons Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz returned to the country from Britain on Tuesday after six years of self-exile. His return comes after an accountability court suspended his arrest warrant, stemming from his involvement in the 2016 Panama Papers scandal. Both the sons left Pakistan in 2018 after their names cropped up in the scam. Subsequently, an accountability court declared him a proclaimed offender in the Avenfield case and issued a non-bailable permanent arrest warrant against him.

The case revolves around the Sharif family’s ownership and acquisition of luxury apartments in London. Nawaz Sharif’s sons, Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz, arrived in Pakistan from London on Tuesday and were taken to their residence in Jati Umra in Lahore amid tight security, as per the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party. Went. PTI.

PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif lives in the Jati Umra residence with his daughter, Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz. The residence is designated as the Chief Minister’s residence, requiring heavy police presence to ensure security and protocol for both Maryam Nawaz and Nawaz Sharif.

Petitions submitted to suspend warrants

Hussain and Hasan Nawaz, represented by their legal counsel, have petitioned the Islamabad Accountability Court to suspend the warrants issued against them in the Avenfield Apartment, Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment cases. His request was accepted, whereby his arrest warrant in three corruption cases related to the Panama Papers scandal was suspended until 14 March.

The brothers, who hold British nationality, were implicated in these cases in 2018 along with their father Nawaz Sharif, sister Maryam Nawaz and her husband Muhammad Safdar. While all the other accused, including Nawaz Sharif, have been acquitted in these cases, the two brothers will still have to face the courts due to their absence during formal trial proceedings.

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Notably, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which had initiated these cases against him, has given him a clean chit.
In 2018, Nawaz Sharif was convicted in the Avenfield case along with his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Safdar, while Nawaz Sharif was also convicted in the Al-Azizia case but acquitted in the Flagship case. Subsequently, he appealed against his conviction in the Islamabad High Court.

Maryam and Safdar got their first reprieve in 2022 when they were acquitted, while Nawaz Sharif was in London at the time. Since then, there has been a perception that the Sharif family and their party, the PML-N, have received preferential treatment from the current military establishment, resulting in all cases against them being closed or acquitted.

In October last year, Nawaz Sharif returned to Pakistan after four years of self-imposed exile in Britain and after brief proceedings, he was acquitted on all counts. His younger brother Shehbaz Sharif was elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan for the second time after the PML-N and the Pakistan People’s Party agreed to a power-sharing deal to form a coalition government.

Nawaz Sharif’s 50-year-old daughter Maryam was sworn in as the first woman chief minister of Pakistan’s most populous and politically important Punjab province on February 26.