A Pakistani anti-corruption court has indicted former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and declared former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a refugee for failing to appear in an investigation into corruption cases.
Islamabad Supreme Court Justice Syed Asghar Ali has brought charges against Zardari, co-chair of the opposition Pakistani People’s Party, for illegally accepting gifts from foreign dignitaries while serving as president of the country (2008-2013), such as he over the phone told Bloomberg a person in charge of the National Accountability Agency.
In the same court case, the former Prime Minister Sharif was declared a refugee from the judiciary because he did not appear and did not obey the summons. The two former leaders are bailed out in other corruption lawsuits.
Sharif, who was Prime Minister of the Pakistani government from 2013 to 2017, was arrested in 2018 for a corruption case but released on health grounds and has been in London for nine months and is receiving medical treatment. Pakistani opposition parties are accusing the government, led by current Prime Minister Imran Jan, of campaigning to persecute their political rivals.