Court fixes date to indict Nawaz Sharif in three references

ISLAMABAD: An Accountability Court (AC) of Islamabad Tuesday set October 2, to indict former prime minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif in three references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The court also issued bailable arrest warrants of Nawaz Sharif’s sons Hassan and Hussain Nawaz, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (Retd) Mohammad Safdar for not appearing before court in compliance of its summons.

Accountability Court Judge Mohammad Bashir took up three references for hearing against Mohammad Nawaz Sharif and his family members.

The references are related to Avenfield flats in London, Hill Metal Establishment and Azizia Steel Mills, and are filed by NAB in compliance with Supreme Court judgment in Panama papers case.

During hearing, former prime minister appeared before the court along with his legal team. The Accountability Court judge asked Nawaz Sharif to leave after marking his attendance so that proper proceedings of the case could begin.

On the court orders, copies of references were provided to Nawaz Sharif’s counsel Khawaja Harris.

Khawaja Harris submitted an application to the court seeking exemption of his client Mohammad Nawaz Sharif from appearance. On which, the judge replied that matter related to Nawaz Sharif’s exemption from attendance would be decided in the next hearing on October 2, after his indictment.

NAB prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbas informed the court that the security guards at Sharifs’ home in Lahore had refused to receive summons for Nawaz Sharif’s children stating that they were abroad.

The court, however, issued bailable arrest warrants for Nawaz Sharif’s children and his son-in-law to ensure their attendance on next date of hearing.

The court later, fixed October 2, as the date for indictment of Mohammad Nawaz Sharif in three references.

Earlier, when the former prime minister reached the judicial complex to attend the accountability court hearing, a number of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leaders, ministers and party workers were present in support of their leader, some of them were chanting slogans.

It may be mentioned here that the NAB had filed four references on September 8, against Sharif family members including Captain (Retd) Mohammad Safdar and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in compliance with apex court orders.