Panama Papers case: Pak court defers indictment of Nawaz Sharif

Former PM Nawaz Sharif

Former PM Nawaz Sharif

On October 3, Sharif was re-elected as president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Federal Police personnel outside courtroom today (Friday).

Speaking to media at the Punjab Assembly cafeteria, he said a very important case was being heard by the court and obviously politicians and lawyers would go there to attend it.

The lawyers alleged that they were manhandled by the security forces outside the court and prevented them from entering the courtroom.

The police had only allowed selected persons to enter the complex.

The security measures were taken to ward off any untoward incident, the officials added. The head of NAB prosecution team, Sardar Muzaffar, was pushed and shoved during the incident. Meanwhile, Maryam arrived at the complex. Unfortunately, the strategy followed by the defence from the outset is apparently one of bogging down the judicial process in hair-splitting legal technicalities and procedural glitches, and aggressive speeches against the judiciary by a group of zealous PML-N loyalists, including cabinet ministers.

To the layman the disqualified former Prime Minister and his family were provided ample opportunity and sufficient leeway, even a misplaced leniency according to some critics, to prove their innocence before the five-member Supreme Court Bench and the Joint Investigation team.

Judge Bashir also approved the NAB plea to declare Sharif's sons, Hassan and Hussain, proclaimed offenders.

On Oct 12 (Thursday), Retd Captain Safdar approached IHC to defer indictment in the graft case.

The indictment of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter and son-in-law on corruption charges was delayed Friday following clashes between his supporters and police outside the court in Islamabad. Earlier, Safdar was arrested by the NAB on October 9 just after his return from London but later released by the court on bail. Sharif again failed to appear before the judge as he was in London with his ailing wife Kulsoom.

The court had set October 13 as the date of his indictment.

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