A Pakistani judge has issued an arrest warrant for former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after he failed to appear in court to face corruption charges.
Judge Mohammad Bashir on Thursday also rejected a request from Sharif's lawyer that he be exempted from court appearances in order to remain in London where his ailing wife is getting medical treatment, news agency AP reported.
The judge scheduled the next hearing in the case on Nov. 3. Under Pakistani law, Sharif can be arrested as soon as he returns from abroad unless he is granted bail before the next hearing.
Sharif, who has been indicted in three corruption cases over concealing assets abroad, has skipped several court hearings so far.
The 67-year-old Sharif was disqualified from office for life by the Supreme Court following an investigation into his family’s wealth, almost a year before his term was to end and ahead of the general elections scheduled in 2018, according to hindustantimes.