Indictment of Sharif family in NAB references delayed due to lawyers protest

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An accountability court today (Friday) is likely to indict former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz, and son-in-law Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar in graft references filed against them by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in compliance of the Supreme Court orders. It had also ordered NAB to initiate the process of declaring Mr Sharif's sons - Hassan and Hussain - proclaimed offenders, for consistently skipping court proceedings in the graft references pertaining to the Park Lane flats and the establishment of offshore companies.

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.

While speaking to media Maryam Nawaz asked the interior ministry to come up with a strategy to avoid such events from reoccurring.

TV footages showed that Maryam and Safdar were present inside the court when lawyers created ruckus.

The judge rejected the request of Nawaz Sharif's counsel to adjourn the cases for two weeks so that his client could return from London and appear before it.

Previously, the judge had allowed one-day immunity to Sharif family and summoned them on October 13.

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

Sharif's wife Kulsoom, who is suffering from throat cancer, has undergone three surgeries in the United Kingdom so far.

The judge had expressed his fury over absence of the members of Sharif family and had chose to separate cases of each member in order to differentiate between present and absent accused.

Sharif had failed to appear on Monday before the court as he was in London with Kulsoom. She was accompanied by ministers, and senior PML-N leaders.

Sharif was re-elected as the president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on October 3 and immediately demanded that those who disqualified him should respect the people's mandate and democracy.

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