Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Pakistan Court Delays Ex-PM Sharif's Indictment After Clash

Nawaz to return home today to appear before NAB court NAB team likely to visit London to collect evidence against Sharif family
Sammy Stanley | 13 October, 2017, 10:40

"Since the NAB has not yet received a reply from the United Kingdom authorities, it has chose to pursue the matter in person", a source said, adding that the team would make sure its return before October 13 to submit a report to the accountability court in Islamabad in connection with the indictment of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and sons Hassan and Hussain.

Meanwhile, Maryam Nawaz, PML-N leaders Maryam Aurangzeb and Talal Chaudhry condemned the incident, urging the Interior Ministry to carry out investigations.

Nawaz Sharif, Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz are nominated in references regarding Park Lane apartments, Al Azizia Steel Mills and offshore companies, while Maryam Nawaz and her husband Capt (retd) Safdar are nominated in reference regarding Park Lane apartments.

Although National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Deputy Prosecutor General Chaudhry Khaliquz Zaman said that Sharif could not be indicted till he appeared in court, before Friday's hearing, Sharif's lawyer had claimed that he had the defendant's permission to hear the court's indictment verdict in his stead.

Ahead of the hearing strict security measures have been taken as over 750 troops have been deployed around the federal judicial complex, while workers of the party will not be allowed to enter the court premises. According to a court official, Safdar petitioned the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to pre-empt the indictment but the court rejected his plea.

The court had also issued perpetual warrants for the arrest of Nawaz Sharif's two sons, and separated their trial from other members of the family.

Both separately appeared in the court of Judge Muhammad Bashir.

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

The hearing was postponed till October 19 without indicting Maryam Nawaz and captain retd.

The court had set October 13 as the date of his indictment.

Sharif, 67, was disqualified by the country's top court in the Panama Papers scandal in July this year.

The anti-graft body was given six weeks, from the date of the apex court's order, to file the reference in an accountability court while the accountability court was granted six months to wrap up the proceedings.

Sharif's family has alleged that the cases are politically motivated.

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