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An accountability court issued on Tuesday bailable arrest warrant for former president and Asif Ali Zardari over his continuous absence in the Toshakhana reference.

During the hearing today, the court also rejected the Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman's request for exemption to attend court hearings, local media reported. Farooq H Naek, who is representing Zardari in the case, said that his client cannot appear before the court due to the pandemic.

Accountability court issues arrest warrant for Nawaz Sharif in Toshakhana reference

Meanwhile, the court also issued orders to summon Nawaz Sharif via an advertisement. NAB prosecutor informed the court that the summon was sent to Sharif's London property with the help of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The court ruled that if the former prime minister does not appear before the court, he will be declared a proclaimed offender.