Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

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

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

Talking to reporters after a hearing on Monday, Maryam Nawaz said that her brothers would make their own decision regarding their appearance before the court.

A team of Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is likely to visit London in the coming days to collect evidence of properties belonging to ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif's family.

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

Accountability court will indict sacked premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (Retd) Safdar today (Friday).

The court also granted bail to Safdar against a surety bond of Rs5 million and ordered his release.

The court during the hearing on October 9 chose to separate the trial of Sharif's sons Hussain and Hassan from Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law. His legal team nominated Zafir Khan as the "pleader" - the person who will stand for Sharif in court during his indictment.

On Monday, the NAB declared Sharif's sons, Hussain and Hassan, proclaimed offenders for repeatedly failing to appear before it.


They had also attended the previous hearing.

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

The "Volume-10" of the Joint Investigation Team report is said to have dealt with the mutual legal business agreements between the Sharif family and different foreign governments. Maryam criticised the arrest of her husband and said he was taken into custody despite the fact that he had come back to face the case.

NAB has filed three references against Nawaz Sharif and his children.

Sharif was re-elected as the president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on October 3 and immediately demanded that those who disqualified him should respect the people's mandate and democracy.

The judge rejected the request of Nawaz Sharif's counsel to adjourn the cases for two weeks so that his client could return from London and appear before it.

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".

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