Pakistan Court Defers Indictment Of Nawaz Sharif In Panama Papers Case

Oct 12, 2017 10:35:00 PM  

An anti-graft in today postponed the indictment of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-Muhammad Safdar in Panama Papers case till October 19 due to protests by lawyers.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had registered three cases of corruption and money laundering against Sharif, his family members and Minister Ishaq Dar in the Accountability after the Supreme disqualified Sharif, 67, as prime minister on July 28.

As the was about to begin the proceedings, lawyers started protesting in the room of Judge Muhammad Bashir against security arrangements which had “restricted their movement in the premises”.

Judge Bashir left the room and later announced the postponement of the hearing till October 19.

Sharif skipped the hearing as he has not returned from where he is busy looking after his wife Kulsoom.

A senior leader of the ruling Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) said that Sharif had nominated a representative to appear before the to face the indictment and deny the charges.

Maryam, while interacting with reporters, expressed concern over the unnecessary hurdles created for lawyers and asked the interior ministry to probe the incident.

“I don’t know who created the problems for the lawyers. It should have been voided,” she said.

TV footages showed that Maryam and Safdar were present inside the when lawyers created ruckus. They had also attended the previous hearing.

The during the hearing on October 9 decided to separate the trial of Sharif’s sons Hussain and Hassan from Sharif, his daughter and son-in-

It had also ordered to start the process of declaring Sharif’s sons proclaimed offender for failing to appear before the 

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

The anti-graft body NAB had frozen the bank accounts and seized properties of Sharif and his family members to put pressure on them to appear before the 

Sharif had failed to appear on Monday before the as he was in with Kulsoom.

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

Sharif’s family has alleged that the cases are politically motivated. He may be jailed after the indictment.

He had to step down as prime minister and president of the PML-N party after being disqualified by the Supreme 

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



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