Nawaz approaches SC against NAB references, urges to halt proceedings

Oct 15, 2017, 00:54
Nawaz approaches SC against NAB references, urges to halt proceedings

Just as accountability court Judge Muhammad Bashir entered the courtroom to commence the hearing, a number of lawyers associated with the PML-N forced their way inside and surrounded the judge's bench, claiming that they were manhandled by security forces outside the court and were prevented from entering the courtroom, Dawn news reported. She said she actually does not know where the incident occurred and who manhandled lawyers and what its objective was.

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. While speaking to the media, Minister of State for InteriorTalal Chaudhary dismissed reports that PML-N lawyers had tried to force their way into the court, saying: "PML-N workers did nothing, the incident happened due to overcrowding, that is it". The head of NAB prosecution team, Sardar Muzaffar, was pushed and shoved during the incident.

Nawaz Sharif, in his petition, pled Supreme Court (SC) to halt proceedings of accountability court till judgment is served on constitutional plea and declare verdict to file three references illegal.

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Earlier today, Maryam Nawaz and her spouse Capt Safdar had separately arrived at the court amid tight security and extensive protocol for the hearing of a graft reference.

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

Safdar through his counsel filed a petition in the high court, requesting it to restrain a trial court from indicting him and his wife on Oct 13 (today).

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

Maryam and her spouse returned to Pakistan to appear in accountability court in connection with a reference related to the Sharif family's flats in a posh London neighbuorhood.

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