Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar appear in accountability court
ISLAMABAD – Ahead the hearing of the corruption references, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (rtd) Safdar on Tuesday reached the accountability court.
The Sharif family flanked by PML-N stalwarts, including Tariq Fazal, Talal Chaudhry, Daniyal Aziz, Asif Kirmani and others.
A large numbers of supporters have gather outside the judicial complex to welcome their leaders by chanting slogans.
Ahead of the high-profile hearing, strict security measures have been taken around the federal judicial complex. A heavy contingent comprising police and FC troops are deployed around the complex.
In today’s proceedings, the court following the directions of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) would invite arguments on a petition filed by the former premier Nawaz Sharif to club all references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against him.
However, the proceedings on the references during last hearing had been adjourned due to the orders of the high court.
On the last hearing, the court had also suspended summons issued to the prosecution witnesses following the indictment of former prime minister, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Captain (rtd) Safdar.
Club All References
Last week, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) approved a file by Nawaz Sharif to club together all references against him, ordering the accountability court to take up the case again.
Earlier, the accountability court has dismissed the same kind of petition on October 19.
Setting aside the decision, the IHC asked Sharif to submit a fresh plea to the accountability court, which was ordered to consider the case again and give a detailed verdict.
Judge Mohammad Bashir had indicted former premier in three references regarding London flats, Azizia Steel Mills and other companies.
Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law have also been indicted in a reference regarding the properties in London, while his sons – Hasan and Hussain Nawaz – have been declared proclaimed offender on shunning the court proceedings.
NAB has filed three references against Nawaz Sharif and his children.
NAB’s Rawalpindi branch prepared references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and nearly a dozen companies and made Nawaz Sharif and his sons respondents.
The bureau’s Lahore branch prepared a reference regarding Avenfield apartments in London in which the former premier, his three children and son-in-law have been made respondents.
The references were filed in the backdrop of Supreme Court’s July 28 decision in the Panama Papers case in which Nawaz Sharif was also disqualified for concealing his employment with Capital FZE, a firm owned by his younger son Hassan.