NAB references: Nawaz, Maryam, Safdar to be indicted today

Capt Safdar’s plea to defer indictment rejected

Accountability court will indict sacked premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (Retd) Safdar today (Friday).
While these three will be indicted, Nawaz’s son Hassan and Hussain have been summoned through non-bailable warrants. The court had decided to separate cases of Hassan and Hussain.
Hassan Nawaz confirmed Thursday that his father will not return to Pakistan at the moment in the light of her mother’s chemotherapy and medical treatment.
Nawaz Sharif, Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz are nominated in references regarding Park Lane apartments, Al Azizia Steel Mills and offshore companies, while Maryam Nawaz and her husband Capt (retd) Safdar are nominated in reference regarding Park Lane apartments. The court has decided to declare Hassan and Hussain fugitives in case they fail to appear before the accountability court within a month.
Meanwhile, Retired Captain Muhammad Safdar, the son-in-law of the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday approached the Islamabad High Court against his and wife Maryam Nawaz’s scheduled indictment in a graft reference.
Safdar through his counsel filed a petition in the high court, requesting it to restrain a trial court from indicting him and his wife on Oct 13.
After preliminary hearing, a bench of the IHC disposed of the petition for being non-maintainable. It allowed the trial court to frame charges against the petitioner and his wife.
Safdar submitted in the petition that the accountability court is scheduled to indict him, his father-in-law Nawaz Sharif, and wife Maryam Nawaz on Oct 13 (Friday) in a graft reference pertaining to the Sharif family’s London flats.
He stated Maryam and he wanted to travel to London to see his mother-in-law Begum Kulsoom Nawaz undergoing treatment for throat cancer. Thus, he said, the trial court be directed to postpone their indictment.
The petitioner argued that the framing of charges against them on Oct 13 is illegal and unconstitutional since they have not been given the minimum seven days to peruse the reference and relevant material. He, thus, requested the court to restrain the trial court from framing charges against him and other members of his family.
Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his sons – Hussain and Hassan – have been nominated in three NAB references, while Maryam and her husband have been named only in a reference related to the family’s London flats.—INP

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