Graft cases: Maryam Nawaz, Capt (r) Safdar reach NAB court

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The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) registered three cases of corruption and money laundering against Sharif, his family members and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the Islamabad Accountability Court following the verdict.

Hearing of the accountability court was adjourned soon after Maryam Nawaz and Captain (retd) Safdar, ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter and son-in-law entered the court.

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. Charges were to be framed in today's hearing on Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar. "It should have been voided", she said. After the rejection of petition, it is highly likely that Sharif, Maryam and Safdar would be indicted tomorrow during the hearing, unless the court delays it. They had also attended the previous hearing.

NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and almost a dozen companies and made Nawaz Sharif and his sons respondents.

Kulsoom, who is suffering from throat cancer, has undergone three surgeries in the United Kingdom so far.

The court had set October 13 as the date of his indictment.

Sharif and his sons have been nominated in all three references, while Maryam and her husband have been named only in a reference related to the family's London flats.

Advocate Khawaja Harris told the judge that Sharif couldn't appear because he is in London, taking care of his ailing wife Kulsoom Nawaz.

In respond to a question of whether the brothers owned property in Pakistan, the PML-N leader said: "So far, what we know is that they do not have any property under their names in Pakistan".

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

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