Oct 13 fixed to indict Nawaz Sharif, Maryam, Safdar in NAB references

ISLAMABAD: An Accountability Court (AC) of Islamabad Monday fixed October 13, the date for indicting former premier Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain ® Mohammad Safdar in references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The court also decided to separate the cases of Hassan and Hussain Nawaz and initiated a process to declare them as proclaimed offenders due to their repeated non appearance from the court proceeding.

AC Judge Mohammad Bashir picked up three references against Sharif family members filed by the NAB in compliance of Supreme Court orders in Panama papers case.

Maryam Nawaz appeared before the accountability court while Captain ® Mohammad Safdar was produced by the NAB after arresting him on his return from London.

As the hearing began, the court provided copies of references to Maryam Nawaz. PML-N leader Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry submitted surety bonds worth Rs five million on her behalf to ensure her presence on next date of hearing.

After hearing arguments from the prosecution, the court accepted bail of both Maryam and her husband. The judge ordered NAB authorities to release Capt ® Safdar after he too submitted surety bonds worth Rs five million. The judge also barred Capt ® Safdar from leaving the country without the court’s permission.

Meanhwhile during hearing on an application filed by Nawaz Sharif seeking exemption from appearance, Sharif’s counsel, Khawaja Harris contended that his client had gone to London to look after his ailing wife and he should, therefore, be granted permanent exemption.

After initially reserving the decision, the court allowed one day exemption to former premier from hearing.

However, the NAB prosecution requested the court to issue arrest warrants for Nawaz Sharif, who had left for London without informing NAB authorities. On which, the court reserved its decision.

Earlier, Maryam arrived at the court amid tight security accompanied by senior PML-N leaders and ministers. Her husband, who was taken into custody by the NAB on Sunday night, was also brought to the court.

The NAB had filed three corruption references against Sharif family members on September 8, in compliance with apex court orders in Panama papers case.