Islamabad, October 19: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with his daughter Maryam Sharif and son-in-law Captain Safdar was indicted by the National Accountability Bureau(NAB) on Thursday in Avenfield properties case. The Sharif family had appealed to the bureau to halt the indictment proceedings. Nawaz Sharif also pleaded ‘not guilty’ before the court through his counsel.
However, the court refused to accept the request. Nawaz Sharif was ousted from his post by Pakistan Supreme Court in July this year after he was found guilty of concealing the facts about the ownership of many properties in London.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had registered three cases of corruption and money laundering against 67- year-old Sharif, his family members and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. The cases were registered weeks after the Supreme Court disqualified Sharif as prime minister on July 28 in the Panama Papers scandal.
During the hearing on October 9, the court had decided to separate the trial of Sharif’s sons – Hussain and Hassan – from Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law.
It had also ordered to start the process of declaring Sharif’s sons proclaimed offender for failing to appear before the court. 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.
Sharif’s family has alleged that the cases are politically motivated. He may be jailed after the indictment. He had to step down as prime minister and president of the PML-N party after being disqualified by the Supreme Court.
(With inputs from agencies)