Lawyers mayhem in NAB Court

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Nawaz, Maryam, Safdar’s indictment postponed to October 19

Sophia Siddiqui
Islamabad
Accountability court hearing references against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members was forced to adjourn the case without any proceedings after PML-N lawyers resorted to sloganeering within the courtroom on the alleged misbehavior of police personnel. Just as the accountability court judge, Justice Muhammad Bashir, entered his courtroom, a number of lawyers associated with the PML-N forced their way into the  court  and surrounded the judge’s bench, loudly complaining that they had been manhandled by security forces and prevented from entering the courtroom. The lawyers threatened to hold up the hearing until action was taken against the police officials who had allegedly manhandled them outside the court. On this, Justice Bashir decided to prematurely halt court proceedings for the day and asked both defendants to leave the courtroom and return for a hearing on October 19.Talking to the media , Maryam Nawaz asked the Interior Ministry to come up with a strategy to avoid occurrence of such events in future. Taking notice of the incident, the interior ministry asked Islamabad Police to compile a detailed report of the incident. One male and one female lawyer, as well as two female police officers and one lady constable, were injured in the scuffle outside the accountability court. The police recorded statements from the three injured police personnel and will file a report. While speaking to the media, Minister of State for InteriorTalal Chaudhary dismissed reports that PML-N lawyers had tried to force their way into the court, saying: “PML-N workers did nothing, the incident happened due to overcrowding, that is it.” Reacting to the situation, PTI Chairman Imran Khan sent out a torrent of tweets accusing PML-N of attacking Pakistan’s judiciary. “Today the PMLN attacked Pakistan’s judiciary for the second time – today it was to protect the over Rs 30 b Sharifs’ loot stashed abroad,” he tweeted. He also claimed that Ahsan Iqbal’s “drama” over Rangers’ deployment at the Judicial Complex “was to leave the NAB judge unprotected.” “Clearly PMLN is hell-bent on destroying all state institutions. People of Pakistan must be prepared to stand up and defend our state institutions,” he added.

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