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Court defers Sharif's indictment after clash

13 October 2017, 10:42 | Taylor George

Former PM Nawaz Sharif

Former PM Nawaz Sharif

Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter and son-in-law, Maryam Nawaz and Captain, arrived at the accountability court on Friday for the hearing of the three graft cases against the Sharif family.

According to the affixed warrants of Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz outside court, they will be declared fugitives if they don't appear before accountability court within the duration of one month. The court also chose to conduct separate trials of Husain and Hasan from Sharif and his daughter and son-in-law. After the rejection of petition, it is highly likely that Sharif, Maryam and Safdar would be indicted tomorrow during the hearing, unless the court delays it.

Sharif's wife Kulsoom, who is suffering from throat cancer, has undergone three surgeries in the United Kingdom so far.

The court had also made a decision to conduct separate trial of former PM's sons, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz.

Meanwhle PML-N Senator Pervaiz Rashid said: "Nawaz Sharif today did not appear before the Accountability Court in Islamabad because he is in London to look after his ailing wife Begum Kulsoom". His legal team nominated Zafir Khan as the "pleader" - the person who will stand for Sharif in court during his indictment.

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Sharif, his daughter, his son-in-law, and his two sons face corruption allegations stemming from an investigation into documents leaked from a Panama law firm that indicated that Sharif and some of his family members had undisclosed assets overseas.

The unruly lawyers and ruling party workers were demanding that they be allowed to attend the hearing of the cases against their leaders.

Due to the commotion, Judge Bashir ended the court proceedings and ordered both defendants, Maryam Nawaz and Capt Safdar (retd) to leave the courtroom and return for the hearing on October 18.

NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and the almost dozen companies owned by the Sharif family.

On October 3, Sharif was re-elected as president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The cases were filed after the July 28 verdict by the Supreme Court which disqualified Sharif.



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