ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband Captain (retd) Safdar appeared in Accountability Court in connection with three corruption references filed against them by National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
According to our correspondent, the ex-PM and his family members were accompanied by senior PML-N leaders and workers.
As the proceeding begun, Nawaz Sharif submitted two surety bonds of Rs.5 million each for bail in Azizia Mills reference and Flagship Investment reference.
The court meanwhile deferred the hearing for 15 minutes to wait for Islamabad High Court’s decision on Nawaz Sharif’s application through which he had sought merger of all references.
Later, the IHC later issued its judgement, directing the Accountability Court to hear Nawaz Sharif petition on merger of cases. At which the Accountability Court judge adjourned the case till Nov. 7 to take up Nawaz Sharif’s plea.
The judge also suspended summons of prosecution witnesses for the next hearing, observing that arguments could not be heard till a detailed judgement.
Nawaz Sharif arrived in Pakistan yesterday, less than a month after he left for London, to appear in the court which issued bailable arrest warrants for him last week.
Sharif was ousted in July by Supreme Court this year before completing a full term, as a result of a corruption investigation against him.
The court also barred him from heading his party; however, he was later elected as chief of his own faction following legislation.
The cases emerged from Panama Papers leak last year, which sparked a media frenzy over the luxurious lifestyles and high-end London property portfolio owned by his family.
‘Zardari is speaking to please someone’
Nawaz Sharif briefly spoke to reporters in the courtroom, claiming that he is being punished for no reason.
“What charges are on me? Have I gained any kickback in any contract? The Supreme Court judges have already clarified that this not a corruption, but the fact is that I’m being penalized for eradicating terrorism and load-shedding, for investment in the CPEC and for restoring peace in Karachi,” Sharif said.
Replying to a question about PPP leader Asif Zardari’s tirade against him, Sharif said “Zardari is doing all this to appease someone, isn’t it mockery of the democracy? He is doing nothing but some adventure.”
He was of the view that all democratic forces should unite under one principle. – Samaa
Story first published: 3rd November 2017