Lawyers, PML-N workers clash with security at court, indictment hearing postponed

Lester Mason
October 13, 2017

As the accountability court began hearing the corruption cases against the Sharif family, a group of lawyers entered the courtroom protesting police high-handedness against them.

The court has summoned former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain Safdar for indictment, however, Sharif skipped the hearing as he is in London to visit his ailing wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

On July 28, a five-judge larger bench of the Supreme Court, while disqualifying Sharif under Article 62 (1) (f) of the Constitution had asked the NAB to file four references in the Rawalpindi accountability court within six weeks on the basis of the material collected and referred to by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) as well as that already available with the Federal Investigation Agency and the NAB.

Maryam Nawaz talking to media while leaving the court due to adjournment of the case also lamented over the incident and said that the interior ministry should take notice of the brawl.

"I don't know who created the problems for the lawyers".


TV footages showed that Maryam and Safdar were present inside the court when lawyers created ruckus.

The court during the hearing on October 9 chose to separate the trial of Sharif's sons Hussain and Hassan from Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law.

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

The judge had expressed his fury over absence of the members of Sharif family and had chose to separate cases of each member in order to differentiate between present and absent accused. "She may leave for London to see her mother after appearing before the court on Friday (today)", she said. He set Oct 13 for his, Maryam and Safdar's indictment. He may be jailed after the indictment. She was accompanied by ministers, and senior PML-N leaders.

On October 3, Sharif was re-elected as president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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