Ousted Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif Indicted On Corruption Charges


Sharif's daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, who in recent months had become a senior leadership figure in the family's political party, was also indicted, along with her husband, Muhammad Safdar.

An anti-corruption court on Thursday indicted Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law over corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Nawaz Sharif is being represented by his junior counsel Zafir Khan, Zafir was nominated by Nawaz Sharif's legal team as the "pleader" and if the court were to level charges against Nawaz Sharif today, the points would be read out to Zafir Khan.

After the probe, the top court disqualified Sharif and ordered the NAB to investigate and conduct a trial.

"That is why for the first time in Pakistan, the ruling family has appeared in an accountability court", he said.

The court indicted the former Premier through pleader Zafir Khan as Sharif is in London with his ailing wife Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

Sharif, 67, resigned as prime minister in July after the country's Supreme Court disqualified him from office for being unable to account for assets that are "disproportionate to his known means of income".

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A Sharif representative entered a not guilty plea for the sacked premier, who is now in London with his wife Kulsoom as she undergoes cancer treatment.

She also said that the party [PML-N] is united and those attempting to break the party are themselves breaking. "I hope I will get justice", he told reporters in London in remarks broadcast by local Geo TV, adding that he would travel home to attend the next court hearing.

The charges stem from revelations contained in the Panama Papers that Sharif family members owned expensive residential properties in London that were not properly reported under Pakistani disclosure rules.

The NAB has in the past been described as toothless because of its low conviction rates, especially when it comes to powerful politicians, and investigations that last many years.

"Moreover, the charges are being framed without awaiting the detailed order of Supreme Court in [our] review petition", she argued.

He said to this effect, an SOP has been developed in consultation with the court. This indictment has come in just one case, there are two other cases as well.

Minister of State for Power, Abid Sher Ali said that the PML (N) respects the judiciary.