Panama Papers probe: Nawaz Sharif to appear before Accountability Court to face corruption charges

Islamabad: Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif will on Tuesday appear before a court to face the corruption references filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the Panama Papers scandal.

The Accountability Court in Islamabad, which is hearing the corruption cases against the Sharif family, last week summoned Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar to appear before it on 26 September.

It is pertinent to mention that the Sharif family had skipped a court hearing on 19 September.

 Panama Papers probe: Nawaz Sharif to appear before Accountability Court to face corruption charges

File image of Nawaz Shairf. AP

Sharif, who returned to the country on Monday, is likely to be accompanied by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders, including federal ministers, at his first appearance before the accountability court. Heavy security arrangement have been made around judicial complex in view of the hearing.

Sharif was in London from 31 August to be with his ailing wife Kulsoom who is undergoing treatment for throat cancer.

Sharif, 67, decided to return after consultations with senior party leaders including his younger brother and Punjab province chief minister Shahbaz Sharif in London, party officials said.

He had stepped down after the Supreme Court disqualified him on 28 July from continuing in his office for dishonesty and ruled that corruption cases be filed against him and his children.

The NAB has filed three cases of corruption and money laundering against Sharif, his sons — Hassan and Hussain, daughter — Maryam, son-in-law — Safdar, and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the Accountability Court in Islamabad and Rawalpindi recently.

The anti-graft body last week froze the bank accounts and seized properties of Sharif and his family members to put pressure on them to appear before the court.

Earlier, Sharif's family had alleged that the cases are politically motivated.

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Updated Date: Sep 26, 2017 10:19:31 IST

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