Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Sharifs sons to skip anti-corruption court hearing?

Sharifs sons to skip anti-corruption court hearing?

Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau (NAB) that is now probing ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members for graft has granted bail to Maryam, Sharif's daughter, and her husband, Captain Muhammad Safdar on Monday.

Safdar, who was arrested soon after midnight, was expected to be released after his NAB court appearance with Maryam this morning.

Both Captain Safdar and Maryam Nawaz will appear before the court on Monday.

Sharif and his sons were absent during the hearing as they are still in London to attend to Kulsoom.

Returning from London, where Nawaz Sharif's wife is being treated for throat cancer, the couple are reportedly here to appear before an anti-graft tribunal in connection with the NAB reference pertaining to London properties owned by their family.

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The third hearing in the anti-corruption case against former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was held on Monday.

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Nawaz was disqualified by the Supreme Court in July for not declaring a source of income that he disputes receiving.

The judge barred Safdar from leaving Pakistan without its permission but rejected the NAB's request to confiscate his passport. Maryam Nawaz while speaking to media said, "My brothers live overseas and the laws of Pakistan do not apply to them", she said. "We respect the rule of law and the Constitution", local media quoted Maryam as saying. Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain Safdar will likely face indictment on the next hearing whether Sharif is present or not in court. She criticised the judges for disqualifying her father in the Panama Papers case.

"Questions will be asked if the cases which started with Panama ended with Iqama (Job contract)".

Former president and co-chairman of Pakistan People's Party Asif Ali Zardari has warned the people of Pakistan on Tuesday to stay vigilant of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan and two-time ousted premier Nawaz Sharif of their political tactics.

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