Pakistan Corruption Court Postpones Indictment Of Ex-PM Sharif

03 October, 2017, 08:56 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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Sharif's lawyer Khawaja Haris was quoted as telling the Pakistani media: "Nawaz Sharif's children have no problem with appearing in court; they have been unable to do so as their mother is ill and they are all in London".

The Supreme Court had disqualified Sharif, 67, as prime minister on July 28 in the Panama Papers case and ordered the NAB to file corruption and money laundering references against the Sharif family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the light of the Joint Investigation Team's report.

The Central Working Committee (CWC) of the PML-N in its meeting at the Punjab House yesterday unanimously approved a resolution moved by Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal in his capacity as the party's acting secretary general to make necessary changes to the party constitution to make Sharif party chief.

According to PML-N sources, the new bill would be signed by the President tomorrow after which it would become a law and enable Sharif to be elected as the party chief. He said the application of Nawaz Sharif for exemption was not taken up in the court and the matter may be decided in the next hearing.

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A controversial clause of the Bill, commonly known as Electoral Reforms Bill, allows an individual disqualified to be member of the parliament to hold office of a political party.

He had to vacate his party president post after he was accused of graft.

In addition, the court issued non-bailable warrants against Sharif's sons Hassan and Hussain, his daughter Mariyum Nawaz Sharif and her husband (Retd) Captain Safdar.

He said Sharif would be formally re-elected president in a session scheduled for Tuesday.

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Sharif and his children Hussain, Hassan and Maryam; and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar - are now expected to appear on October 9.

Dawn reported: "The former PM had arrived around 8:30 am at the court amid tight Rangers deployment".

Sharif's wife Kulsoom has undergone three successful surgeries for throat cancer in London and her condition is stated to be stable.Sharif is likely to leave for London to be with his wife on October 5.

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