Zardari, Gilani indicted, Nawaz Sharif declared proclaimed offender in Toshakhana case

An Accountability court indicted former president Asif Ali Zardari and ex-prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and declared former prime minister Nawaz Sharif a ‘proclaimed offender’ in Toshakhana case on Wednesday (today).

According to details, an accountability court in Islamabad heard the Toshakhana case against Asif Ali Zardari, Yousaf Raza Gilani, Nawaz Sharif and Omni Group CEO Khawaja Anwar Majid and his son, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Majid.

During the hearing the court indicted Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and ex-prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in Toshakhana case for alleged violations of standard rules and regulations over matters pertaining to the use of luxury vehicles.

Furthermore, the court also declared Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) founder and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif a ‘proclaimed offender’ for his failure to appear before the court despite being warned on multiple occasions.

Prior to this National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had announced to seize vehicles of Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari in Toshakhana case back on July 30th.

Earlier, NAB had lready suspended the ownership of three of the vehicles belonging to the Asif Ali Zardari, which include two BMWs and one Lexus luxury car, whereas Nawaz Sharif’s ownership of one Mercedes has also been suspended.

Toshakhana case

has accused Yousaf Raza Gilani of misusing his authority as the prime minister of Pakistan by allowing government vehicles to be used by Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari for their personal use.

Furthermore, Asif Ali Zardari is also accused of using fake bank accounts to pay for the cars, of which only 15 per cent of the total cost was paid, whereas Nawaz Sharif is accused of getting a government vehicle for his personal use back in 2008 when he did not hold any public office.