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Pakistan court delays indictment of ex-PM Sharif after clash

15 October, 2017, 00:56 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had registered 3 cases of corruption and money laundering against Sharif and his family members in the Islamabad Accountability Court.

Maryam Nawaz, daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, right front passenger in vehicle, waves upon her arrival at an accountability court in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. He dismissed the impression that the incident occurred as the members of PML-N Lawyers Wing had forced their way into the complex, saying that PML-N workers did nothing but the incident happened due to overcrowding at the gate.

"He (Sharif) has nominated a representative to appear before the court to face the indictment and deny the charges", he said.

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

"I will request the Interior Ministry to inquire into the incident", she said.

"It should have been avoided", she said.

The lawyers also argued with the deputy attorney general and created a commotion, forcing Judge Mohammad Bashir to leave for his chamber and abort today's proceedings.

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

TV footages showed Sharif's daughter Maryam and son-in- law captain (retired) Muhammad Safdar arriving at the court premises to attend the hearing.

Sharif's wife Kulsoom, who is suffering from throat cancer, has undergone three surgeries in the United Kingdom so far. However, Nawaz Sharif did not appear before the court on Friday. Unfortunately, the strategy followed by the defence from the outset is apparently one of bogging down the judicial process in hair-splitting legal technicalities and procedural glitches, and aggressive speeches against the judiciary by a group of zealous PML-N loyalists, including cabinet ministers. He set Oct 13 for his, Maryam and Safdar's indictment.

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

Sharif's political future has been hanging in the balance since July, when Pakistan's Supreme Court disqualified him for concealing his assets overseas.


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