The court-room of Judge Muhammad Bashir was set to carry on proceedings on corruption charges leveled against the former PM and his family.
Following a major ruckus at an anti-graft court in Islamabad, the indictment of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar in Panama Papers case has been delayed till October 19. Reportedly, minutes before the court was about to begin proceedings, lawyers started protesting against security arrangements which had “restricted their movement in the court premises”.
The court-room of Judge Muhammad Bashir was set to carry on proceedings on corruption charges leveled against the former Prime Minister and his family. Earlier, three cases of corruption and money-laundering had been registered against Sharif, his family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the Islamabad Accountability Court, by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Before that, on July 28, Sharif was disqualified as the Prime Minister, following Supreme Court’s directives.
As the lawyers clashed with security personnel inside the court room, Judge Bhashir left immediately, later announcing that the proceedings of the case are deferred till October 19. Sharif’s daughter, Maryam, who was present inside the court with her husband during the ruckus, condemned the unnecessary hurdles created by the lawyers and urged for a probe into the matter. Speaking to the media, she said, “I don’t know who created the problems for the lawyers. It should have been avoided.”
Sharif, who is busy look after his ailing wife Kulsoom in London, skipped the hearing. Kulssom, who is suffering from throat cancer, had undergone three surgeries in the United Kingdom. However, a senior leader of his party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), had confirmed that a nominated representative is appearing before the court, to deny charges leveled against the former Pakistan PM.
Earlier on October 9, the court ruled that the trial of Sharif’s sons Hussain and Hassan will be heard separately from the trial on Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law. Meanwhile, NBA had frozen all bank accounts and seized the properties and assets of Sharif and his kin, in order to put pressure on the ousted PM to appear before the court.
And while Sharif’s political career is hanging in balance, following his disqualification as the Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif and his family called the trial on him ‘politically motivated.