Pakistan's anti-transplant panel has issued an arrest warrant for the contested former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a 34-year-old country-related corruption case.
The 70-year-old Supremo of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz is currently in London for medical treatment.
According to officials from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Mr. Sharif illegally leased the country in 1986 to the chief editor of the Jang Group, Mir Shakilur Rehman, when the three-time Prime Minister was the Prime Minister of the Province of Punjab.
"The NAB has issued arrest warrants against PML-N's chief leader, Nawaz Sharif, in the land case against Jang Group's editor-in-chief, Rehman. In this case, notices and questionnaires were sent to Mr. Sharif, but no response came from that for he is in London for his medical treatment, "an NAB official told PTI on Sunday.
The three-time premiere is faced with several graft loads.
The official said the NAB would persuade the accountability court to declare Sharif a proclaimed offender for not cooperating in the investigation.
The NAB sent a questionnaire to Mr Sharif on March 27 and called him to the office on March 31 to record his statement. On March 15, the NAB office in Lahore Sharif again asked to appear in front of the office on March 20, but no response came from him, Dawn reported.
The Jang Group, also known as Geo Group, is a subsidiary of the Dubai-based Independent Media Corporation.
On March 12, the NAB arrested Mr. Rehman in the case. He is in custody of the office until April 28.
Mr. Rehman, the editor-in-chief of the Jang / Geo media group, was arrested because he had illegally acquired 54-channel properties in a prime location in Lahore at a disposable price in 1986 during the tenure of what was then then. Prime Minister of Punjab Sharif.
"As soon as Sharif has been proclaimed a perpetrator, we will continue the process of his return," the official said on Sunday.
"The decision to issue Sharif's arrest warrant was made because of his non-cooperation with the NAB in the 54-channel country in Lahore that he illegally awarded to Shakilur Rehman as Prime Minister of Punjab in 1986," said the official.
Mr. Sharif traveled to London for treatment in November last year after the Lahore Supreme Court allowed him to go abroad for four weeks for medical reasons.
According to Sharif's doctor, Dr. Adnan Khan, the senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), suffers from a complex coronary artery disease with multiple vessels and a significant schematic and threatened myocardium for which he is due to undergo surgery.
In a recent tweet, Mr. Khan said: "As a high-risk patient, former Prime Minister # NawazSharif's heart catheterization / coronary intervention has been postponed to be postponed due to a COVID-19 pandemic as public / private hospitals are currently restricting their admissions / procedures managed on aggressive medical therapy. "
The Lahore Supreme Court granted Sharif a four-week bail for medical reasons in October last year that allowed the Punjab government to extend it further in the light of its medical reports.
The Islamabad Supreme Court also bailed Mr. Sharif to clear his way abroad for medical treatment in the Al Azizia Mills corruption case, in which the former prime minister was serving a seven-year sentence.
Mr. Sharif has pledged to the Lahore Supreme Court to return to Pakistan and has cited his documents to face the process of law and justice within four weeks or as soon as he is declared fit to travel.
Mr. Sharif, who was diagnosed with an immune system disorder, was instructed by a PTI government medical team to go abroad for treatment.