Arrest warrants of Sharif’s children issued, ex-PM’s indictment put off until 9th
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The accountability court (AC) has on Monday issued non-bailable arrest warrants of the children of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and adjourned the disqualified PM’s indictment till October 9.
The former prime minister appeared before the accountability court (AC) in three corruption and money laundering cases involving his family’s offshore properties.
The accountability court judge Muhammad Bashir heard three references filed against Sharif family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
During the proceedings, Khawaja Haris, counsel of Nawaz Sharif said that all of the accused in the case have to appear in court before an indictment can take place.
Talking to the media after court proceedings, Parliamentary Secretary for Information Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha said the court did not indict the former prime minister in today’s hearing. He said the accountability court will take up the matter again on next hearing.
The Parliamentary secretary said the court was informed that Maryam Nawaz and Captain Safdar could not appear before the court due to indisposition of Kulsoom Nawaz.
The court also issued non-bailable arrest warrants of Nawaz Sharif’s children Hassan, Hussain, Maryam Nawaz and his son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar and summoned them for the next hearing after they again failed to appear before the court.
Earlier, Sharif arrived in a convoy of BMW SUVs, escorted by elite police guards and supporters chanted slogans from behind security barriers.
Media along with many lawyers and officials – including Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal – were prevented from entering the court, with security forces forming a human barrier as the former premier entered.
Nawaz Sharif is likely to leave for London on October 5 to see his wife, Kulsoom Nawaz after she was discharged from a London hospital this week following successful surgeries for treatment of lymph nodes cancer.
The Supreme Court deposed Sharif in July following an investigation into corruption allegations against him and his family, making him the 15th prime minister in Pakistan’s 70-year history to be ousted before completing a full term.
The allegations were sparked by the Panama Papers leak last year, launching a media frenzy over the lavish lifestyles and high-end London property portfolio of the Sharif dynasty.
The Supreme Court also banned him from holding public office and ordered the country’s anti-corruption watchdog, the National Accountability Bureau, to open a criminal case against him along with his sons Hussain and Hassan and his daughter Maryam.