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Islamabad: ASF Stops NAB Team Access to Nawaz’s Plane

Islamabad (November 2, 2017): Air Security Force authorities refused to give the team of National Accountability team access to the plane that brought ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif back home at the Islamabad airport.

The ASF had refused to give NAB team access to national flag carrier’s Flight No. 786 after reviewing NAB’s letter seeking the access to the plane last night. NAB had approached the ASF seeking access to the plane to implement the bailable arrest warrant issued by the Accountability Court.

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NAB had written the letter the ASF to help enforce the summons issued against Nawaz Sharif by the court. It may be mentioned here that the Accountability Court Islamabad had issued Nawaz’s bailable warrant of arrest after he failed to appear before it on the last hearing.

Though the NAB team lead by the investigation officer of the case was present at the airport it was not allowed the lounge by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Meanwhile, PIA Flight PK-786 carrying Nawaz Sharif landed at Islamabad airport at around 8:20 am this morning- a good 35 minutes before the announced time.

Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif was welcomed by the party leaders while the workers and supporters of the party who were present at the airport were asked by the leaders to stay away from the lounge.

Nawaz Sharif has left for Punjab House from the airport in a convoy. The NAB will serve the summons on him at the Punjab House.Strict security arrangements were made on the occasion at the airport.  Senior PML-N leaders Khwaja Saad Rafique, Amir Muqam and other received the PML-N chief upon his arrival at the airport.

The former Prime Minister held short consultation with the PML-N leadership at the VIP Rawal Lounge.

Later, he proceeded to the Punjab House, Islamabad.

It is to be mentioned here that the former PM will appear before the Islamabad accountability court hearing NAB references against him.

At the last hearing on October 26, the court had issued Nawaz’s bailable arrest warrants.

A number of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) workers and leaders were at the airport to greet the party president and former premier.

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