Panama Papers case: Pak court defers indictment of Nawaz Sharif

A Pakistani court has delayed the indictment of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter and son-in-law on corruption charges following clashes between his supporters and police.

As the accountability court began hearing the corruption cases against the Sharif family, a group of lawyers entered the courtroom protesting police high-handedness against them.

Talking to reporters after a hearing on Monday, Maryam Nawaz said that her brothers would make their own decision regarding their appearance before the court.

During the previous hearing, the court had fixed October 13 for indictment of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain Safdar (retd).

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A senior leader of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) said Sharif had nominated a representative to appear before the court to face the indictment and deny the charges.

Sharif again failed to appear before the judge as he was in London where he is busy looking after his ill wife Kulsoom.

The Interior Ministry asked Islamabad police to compile a detailed report on the incident.

"I don't know who created the problems for the lawyers". 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. It also issued perpetual warrants for them and separated their trial from Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law retired Capt. Mohammad Safdar. However, she added that since both of them reside overseas, therefore, local laws did not apply to them.

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

The "Volume-10" of the Joint Investigation Team report is said to have dealt with the mutual legal business agreements between the Sharif family and different foreign governments.

He had to step down as prime minister and president of the PML-N party after being disqualified by the Supreme Court.

Sharif's political future has been hanging in the balance since July, when Pakistan's Supreme Court disqualified him for concealing his assets overseas.

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