Thursday, 19 October, 2017

'Sharif to skip court proceedings in Panama Papers case today'

Former PM Nawaz Sharif Former PM Nawaz Sharif
Melinda Barton | 13 October, 2017, 10:40

"Since the NAB has not yet received a reply from the United Kingdom authorities, it has made a decision to pursue the matter in person", a source said, adding that the team would make sure its return before October 13 to submit a report to the accountability court in Islamabad in connection with the indictment of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and sons Hassan and Hussain.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz deplored on Friday the manhandling of lawyers by security personnel outside the Federal Judicial Complex.

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

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 police had only allowed selected persons to enter the complex.

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

The court during the hearing on October 9 chose to separate the trial of Sharif's sons Hussain and Hassan from Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law.

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

In the last hearing, the court had declared Hasan and Hussain Nawaz - Nawaz Sharif's sons - as absconders, besides approving the bail of Maryam and Safdar after they appeared in court. Thus, he said, the trial court be directed to postpone their indictment.

Earlier, the court was informed about Nawaz Sharif's absence.

In the notice, both the respondents have been directed to appear before the court within 30 days.

The NAB has in total filed three references against the Sharif family and one against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the accountability court, in light of the Supreme Court's orders in the Panama Papers case verdict of July 28.

Meanwhile, the accountability court has ordered inquiry of the incident on the application filed by Advocate Naeem Gujar.

The references against the Sharif family pertain to the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, their London properties and over dozen offshore companies owned by the family.