Is­lam­abad court de­lays in­dict­ment of Sharif

Gulf News - - PAKISTAN -

The in­dict­ment of Pak­istan’s for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif and his daugh­ter and sonin-law on cor­rup­tion charges was de­layed yes­ter­day fol­low­ing clashes be­tween his sup­port­ers and po­lice out­side the court in Is­lam­abad.

The clashes erupted shortly be­fore Sharif’s daugh­ter, Maryam Nawaz, and sonin-law, Mo­ham­mad Saf­dar, ar­rived at the court. Sharif again failed to ap­pear be­fore the judge be­cause his wife is ill and is be­ing treated in Lon­don.

The vi­o­lence out­side the court moved the judge to ad­journ the case un­til Oct. 19.

The cases were reg­is­tered weeks af­ter the Supreme Court dis­qual­i­fied Sharif as prime min­is­ter on July 28 in the Panama Pa­pers scan­dal.

As the court was about to be­gin the pro­ceed­ings, lawyers associated with the rul­ing Pak­istan Mus­lim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) forced their way inside the court­room.

The PML-N sup­port­ers also tried to en­ter the court­room, re­sult­ing in clashes with po­lice.

The lawyers started protest­ing in the court­room of Judge Mo­ham­mad Bashir against se­cu­rity ar­range­ments which had “re­stricted their move­ment in the court premises”.

They threat­ened to hold up the hear­ing un­til ac­tion was taken against the po­lice of­fi­cers that had al­legedly man­han­dled them out­side the court. Some lawyers also scuf­fled with the NAB’s pros­e­cu­tion team.

As a re­sult of the ruckus, Judge Bashir left court.

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