Nawaz, Maryam & Capt (retd) Safdar indicted in Avenfield reference

19 Oct, 2017 1:10 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The accountability court (AC) has on Thursday indicted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar in Avenfield reference filed against Sharif family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Maryam Nawaz, daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and her husband Captain (r) Safdar appeared before the accountability court amid tight security.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders, ministers and large number of party workers and lawyers were also present at the Judicial Complex.

Maryam Nawaz and her husband were required to appear before the court for the hearing of reference filed against the Sharif family on the order of the Supreme Court.

The accountability court judge Muhammad Bashir resumed hearing of three references filed against Sharif family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif did not appear before accountability court today (on Thursday) while his lawyer Khawaja Haris had already left for London without informing the court.

The court after rejecting Sharif family’s petitions seeking to halt indictment and trial, indicted Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain (r) Safdar.

The sharif’s daughter and her husband denied the charges after which the court ordered the witnesses to appear before the court.

The court later adjourned the hearing until October 26.

Earlier, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed three cases of corruption and money laundering against Sharif, his family members and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the Islamabad Accountability Court following the verdict.

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 court.

The Sharifs have denied any wrongdoing and have labelled the corruption proceedings against them as politically motivated. Two of Nawaz’s sons are also due to appear before the NAB court, along with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

Nawaz was disqualified by the Supreme Court in July for not declaring a source of income that he disputes receiving. Pakistan’s top court also ordered a wide-ranging NAB investigation and trial into Sharif family members.

The Supreme Court specified that the trial be concluded within six months by NAB, which has in the past been derided as toothless because rich and powerful politicians were seldom convicted.

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