Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Indictment of Sharif family in NAB references delayed due to lawyers protest

Indictment of Sharif family in NAB references delayed due to lawyers protest

An anti-corruption court Friday delayed the indictment of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his other family members following a clash between police and ruling party supporters in the capital Islamabad, local media reported.

While these three will be indicted, Nawaz's son Hassan and Hussain have been summoned through non-bailable warrants. The court also made a decision to conduct separate trials of Husain and Hasan from Sharif and his daughter and son-in-law.

Hassan Nawaz confirmed Thursday that his father will not return to Pakistan at the moment in the light of her mother's chemotherapy and medical treatment.

An accountability court is set to indict Safdar, Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz tomorrow in cases filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) following the July 28 verdict by the Supreme Court in the scandal.

Sharif's lawyer Khawaja Harris asked the court to adjourn hearing for 15 days with commitment that Sharif would also appear.

A Pakistani court has delayed the indictment of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter and son-in-law on corruption charges following clashes between his supporters and police. According to a court official, Safdar petitioned the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to pre-empt the indictment but the court rejected his plea.

He stated Maryam and he wanted to travel to London to see his mother-in-law Begum Kulsoom Nawaz undergoing treatment for throat cancer.

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

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.

"Those who want to appear by free will are arrested from airport, but we are not afraid of it", she said.

After hearing arguments from the prosecution, the court accepted the bail of both Maryam and her husband.

Earlier, the court was informed about Nawaz Sharif's absence.

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.

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