Pak court defers indictment of Nawaz Sharif in Panama Papers case

Former PM Nawaz Sharif

Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter and son-in-law, Maryam Nawaz and Captain, arrived at the accountability court on Friday for the hearing of the three graft cases against the Sharif family.

Maryam said the PML-N lawyers should have been allowed to enter the court as they had permission.

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

A National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court of Pakistan has adjourned the hearing of graft cases against the Sharif family after a number of lawyers associated with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) forced their way into the court and surrounded the judge's bench.

The court accepted the bail applications of Maryam and Safdar and postponed the hearing till October 13, according to court officials.

On Monday, the NAB declared Sharif's sons, Hussain and Hassan, proclaimed offenders for repeatedly failing to appear before it.

As a result of the ruckus, Judge Bashir chose to end court proceedings for the day and asked both defendants to leave the courtroom and return for the hearing on October 19.

The court has chose to declare Hassan and Hussain fugitives in case they fail to appear before the accountability court within a month.

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

Sharif and his sons have been nominated in all three references, while Maryam and her husband have been named only in a reference related to the family's London flats.

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

NAB has given them 30 days (from Oct 11) to appear in court.

Sharif, his daughter, his son-in-law, and his two sons face corruption allegations stemming from an investigation into documents leaked from a Panama law firm that indicated that Sharif and some of his family members had undisclosed assets overseas.

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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