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NAB team likely to visit London to collect evidence against Sharif family

13 October 2017

Maryam Nawaz talking to the media outside the court October 13, 2017.

Meanwhile, Retired Captain Muhammad Safdar, the son-in-law of the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday approached the Islamabad High Court against his and wife Maryam Nawaz's scheduled indictment in a graft reference.

"I will request the Interior Ministry to enquire 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.

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Soon after their arrival, a large number of PML-N lawyers and supporters attempted to enter the courtroom at the Federal Judicial Complex.

The court accepted the bail applications of Maryam and Safdar and postponed the hearing till October 13, according to court officials.

Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his sons - Hussain and Hassan - have been nominated in three NAB references, while Maryam and her husband have been named only in a reference related to the family's London flats. 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.

Judge Bashir left the court room and later announced the postponement of the hearing till October 19.

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Meanwhle PML-N Senator Pervaiz Rashid said: "Nawaz Sharif today did not appear before the Accountability Court in Islamabad because he is in London to look after his ailing wife Begum Kulsoom".

It had also ordered to start the process of declaring Sharif's sons proclaimed offender for failing to appear before the court.

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.

Sharif, 67, was disqualified by the country's top court in the Panama Papers scandal in July this year.

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The judge had expressed his fury over absence of the members of Sharif family and had made a decision to separate cases of each member in order to differentiate between present and absent accused.

NAB team likely to visit London to collect evidence against Sharif family