Maryam deplores lawyers' manhandling; will request interior ministry to probe incident

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The daughter and son-in-law of ousted Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif were on Monday granted bail by the country's anti-graft court in the Panama Papers scandal as they appeared before it following their return from London.

The court adjourned the indictment of Sharif, his daughter and political heir Maryam Nawaz, and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar in multiple corruption cases until Oct.19.

"I will request the Interior Ministry to inquire into the incident", she said.

Although National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Deputy Prosecutor General Chaudhry Khaliquz Zaman said that Sharif could not be indicted till he appeared in court, before Friday's hearing, Sharif's lawyer had claimed that he had the defendant's permission to hear the court's indictment verdict in his stead.


The clash began after dozens of ruling party lawyers and supporters tried to enter the court premises despite a ban on the entry of persons unrelated to the process. They are of the view that whey lawyers are being stopped from entering the court despite the orders of the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

Both separately appeared in the court of Judge Muhammad Bashir.

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.

On Monday, the NAB declared Sharif's sons, Hussain and Hassan, proclaimed offenders for repeatedly failing to appear before it.


On July 28, a five-judge larger bench of the Supreme Court, while disqualifying Sharif under Article 62 (1) (f) of the Constitution had asked the NAB to file four references in the Rawalpindi accountability court within six weeks on the basis of the material collected and referred to by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) as well as that already available with the Federal Investigation Agency and the NAB.

Meanwhile, the accountability court has ordered inquiry of the incident on the application filed by Advocate Naeem Gujar.

Sharif's family has alleged that the cases are politically motivated.

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.


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