Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif will not appear before an anti-corruption court here today to face indictment in the Panama Papers case as he is in London with his ailing wife, a senior leader has said.
The lawyers alleged that they were manhandled by the security forces outside the court and prevented them from entering the courtroom.
The accountability court is trying the brothers along with their father Nawaz Sharif, sister Maryam and brother-in-law Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar, in corruption references filed against them by the country's top graft buster on the Supreme Court's instructions.
Ahead of the hearing strict security measures have been taken as over 750 troops have been deployed around the federal judicial complex, while workers of the party will not be allowed to enter the court premises.
The court during the hearing on October 9 chose to separate the trial of Sharif's sons Hussain and Hassan from Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law. After the rejection of petition, it is highly likely that Sharif, Maryam and Safdar would be indicted tomorrow during the hearing, unless the court delays it. Thus, he said, the trial court be directed to postpone their indictment.
Sharif and his sons have been nominated in all three references, while Maryam and her husband have been named only in a reference related to the family's London flats. Sharif again failed to appear before the judge because his wife is ill and being treated in London.
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In the notice, both the respondents have been directed to appear before the court within 30 days.
The anti-graft body NAB had frozen the bank accounts and seized properties of Sharif and his family members to put pressure on them to appear before the court.
Later, an advocate, Naeem Gujar, filed an application to the judge for an inquiry into the incident.
Maryam, who is being groomed as Sharif's political successor, appeared in the court for the first time today.
NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and the almost dozen companies owned by the Sharif family.
Sharif was disqualified from office in July.
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