Accountability Court indicted Nawaz, Maryam & Capt (r) Safdar in NAB references

Nawaz Sharif, daughter indicted on corruption charges

Nawaz Sharif, daughter indicted on corruption charges

The accountability court in Islamabad indicted 67-year-old Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband retired Captain Mohammad Safdar in the London properties reference even though Sharif and lead defence counsel Khawaja Haris are both out of the country, Dawn reported.

An anti-corruption court on Thursday indicted Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law over corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Maryam, who attended the hearing in Islamabad, pleaded not guilty and blasted the court's decision afterwards. And the judiciary's actions against him and his family were widely seen as being supported by the army's top ranks.

A separate Supreme Court-appointed panel said the family's wealth did not match its income, and accused Maryam and her brothers of signing forged documents to obscure ownership of offshore companies used to buy the London flats.

NPR's Hannah Bloch writes: "Sharif now holds the dubious distinction of being removed, in turn, by his country's president (in 1993), its military (in 1999) and its highest court".

She claimed that PML-N and Sharif family firmly believe in the supremacy of law despite persisting legal loopholes in the system.

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A special team of Pakistan's anti- corruption watchdog has arrived in the United Kingdom to probe the offshore assets of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his children in the high-profile Panama Papers scandal, a media report said today. The team of journalists from 80 countries poured over 11.5 million leaked files amassed from Mossack Fonseca - the law firm at the pit of the worldwide white-collar crime scandal specializing in the development of offshore agencies.

Maryam and Safdar were present in court, but Sharif, who was prime minister twice in the 1990s, sent a representative while he tends to his wife as she undergoes cancer treatment in Britain.

After the original court ruling disqualifying him from holding a seat in Parliament, Sharif went to Lahore, his hometown. He was released on bail after the couple appeared before an anticorruption court.

"We are not the ones to be afraid of arrests", she said.

The court proceeded with the indictment of the trio after rejecting three applications filed by Sharif, Maryam and Safdar requesting suspension of the indictment.

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