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Pakistan Court Delays Ex-PM Sharif's Indictment After Clash

13 October 2017

Accountability court will indict sacked premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (Retd) Safdar today (Friday).

A Pakistani court has delayed the indictment of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter and son-in-law on corruption charges following clashes between his supporters and police.

As Maryam Nawaz entered the court, more lawyer and PML-N supporters managed to enter the courtroom after clashes with security guards.

Talking to reporters after a hearing on Monday, Maryam Nawaz said that her brothers would make their own decision regarding their appearance before the court.

A National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court of Pakistan has adjourned the hearing of graft cases against the Sharif family after a number of lawyers associated with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) forced their way into the court and surrounded the judge's bench.

As the court was about to begin the proceedings, lawyers started protesting in the court room of Judge Muhammad Bashir against security arrangements which had "restricted their movement in the court premises".

They claimed that the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had allowed lawyers to be present inside the judicial complex as well as the accountability court as "it is an open court".

The court also ordered to start the process of declaring Sharif's sons - Husain and Hasan - proclaimed offender as they have failed to appear before it so far.

The judge chose to end the court proceedings for the day and asked both defendants to leave the courtroom and return for the hearing on October 18.

After appearing before the court Maryam had said that she was not afraid of getting arrested. Thus, he said, the trial court be directed to postpone their indictment.

NAB has given them 30 days (from Oct 11) to appear in court.

Maryam, who is being groomed as Sharif's political successor, appeared in the court for the first time today.

Both Maryam and Safdar have been charged by the NAB in one of three corruption cases filed on September 8 against Sharif.

If convicted, the accused may face up to 14 years imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public office including the freezing of bank accounts and assets.

Pakistan Court Delays Ex-PM Sharif's Indictment After Clash