Indictment of Sharif family in NAB references delayed due to lawyers protest

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Speaking to the media while leaving the court premises, she asked the Interior Ministry to do the needful so that anything like that doesn't happen in future. However, the court was expected to indict Maryam and Safdar as their case had been severed from that of her father and brothers - Hassan and Hussain.

The judges of accountability court on Friday adjourned the hearing of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references against ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz and hsi son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar after lawyers' clash with security officers in judicial complex. The judge ordered the NAB authorities to release Capt. Safdar after he too submitted surety bonds worth Rs. 5 million.

The court had also chose to conduct separate trial of former PM's sons, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz.

Sharif, his daughter, his son-in-law, and his two sons face corruption allegations stemming from an investigation into documents leaked from a Panama law firm that indicated that Sharif and some of his family members had undisclosed assets overseas.

As the hearing began, the lawyers began protesting inside the court.

A special representative Zaafar Khan is set to appeared before the court on behalf of Nawaz Sharif.

NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and the almost dozen companies owned by the Sharif family.

On Thursday, Maryam left Lahore for Islamabad on a special plane to appear before the trial court, along with her husband, who has recently come under fire from several quarters, including his own party, for demanding that the government ban the Ahmedi minority community from government and military service.

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.

Sharif skipped the hearing as he has not returned from London where he is busy looking after his wife Kulsoom.

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