Court indicts Pak ex-PM, family for corruption

Tomas Mccoy
October 20, 2017

The family owns Avenfield flats- 16, 16-A, 17, 17-A in Park Lane in London. "The former prime minister's daughter, Maryam Sharif, and her husband, Mohammad Safdar, attended the hearing and also pleaded not guilty".

NPR's Hannah Bloch writes: "Sharif now holds the dubious distinction of being removed, in turn, by his country's president (in 1993), its military (in 1999) and its highest court".

These references were filed by NAB upon instructions of the Supreme Court of Pakistan's Panama Paper's case verdict that was announced on July 28.

An anti-corruption court in Pakistan has indicted ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law, in connection with leaks a year ago that appeared to show his family owned offshore shell companies they used for the secret purchase of high-value London real estate.

The Panama Papers, documents leaked from a Panamanian law firm that catered to the world's wealthy and powerful, revealed that three of Sharif's children controlled shell companies through which they owned expensive residential properties in London.

The charges are being framed on a report that is incomplete and controversial, she said, adding that this will go down in history as a mockery and travesty of justice.

Sharif is still in London with his ailing wife Kulsoom Nawaz.

Meanwhile, the second lawyer from Nawaz Sharif's legal team, Ayesha Hamid, filed an application in the accountability court seeking a delay in her client's indictment.

"Minister for State Abid Sher Ali on Thursday said that the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) leadership's respect for the country's judiciary is evident from the fact that they neither complained of backache nor ran away from courts". Maryam said her party is still united despite the differences of opinion.

Maryam and her husband Muhammad Safdar were present in the court, but Nawaz Sharif sent a representative as he is now attending to his ailing wife, who is undergoing cancer treatment in London.

Talking to members of the media inside the courtroom where a corruption hearing against her and family was under way, Maryam said, "First they awarded us a punishment and then the trial started".

"Their policy will be either to prolong the case by agitation, which is not likely, and the other is to change the law to avoid the conviction", Askari said.

Hashmi, in a leaked video, had threatened those "investigating the prime minister's son".

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