Hearing of references against Sharif family members adjourned till Oct 9

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Accountability Court on Monday adjourned hearing of references against Nawaz Sharif and his children till October 09 while issuing arrest warrants for Hassan, Hussain and Maryam Nawaz and Capt ® Mohammad Safdar.

The former prime minister appeared before the accountability court for the second time at judicial complex Islamabad.

The court postponed indictment of Nawaz Sharif as other accused were not present.

AC Judge Mohammad Bashir took up for hearing three references against Sharif family members filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in compliance of Supreme Court orders in Panama papers case.

As the hearing began, the court asked NAB prosecutor whether the other nominated persons in the case were produced after their arrest.

The NAB official told the court that orders had been delivered to the security guard at the residence of Sharif family in Lahore.

The security guard had informed that Nawaz Sharif’s children including Hassan, Hussain, Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain ® Safdar were abroad due to ailment of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, he said.

The NAB requested the court to issue non-bailable arrest warrants for the accused for skipping court proceeding for the third time.

On the other hand, the counsel for the Sharif family members Khawaja Haris assured the court that former premier’s children would appear before the court on next date of hearing.

He requested the court to not issue non-bailable warrants for his clients.

After hearing the arguments, the court subsequently issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Hassan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Captain (retd) Mohammad Safdar while bailable arrest warrants for Maryam Nawaz.

The court also decided that it will separate the proceeding against Mohammad Nawaz Sharif on next date of hearing if his children would again fail to appear before it.

It may be mentioned here that Mr. Nawaz’s counsel also submitted surety bonds worth Rs five million to ensure his client’s attendance in court.

While an application by Nawaz Sharif for exemption from personal appearance in the court, could not be heard.

The NAB had filed four references on September 8, against Sharif family members and Ishaq Dar on the orders of apex court. The accountability court had already indicted Mr. Dar in the case regarding assets beyond known resources of income.