Graft cases: Maryam Nawaz, Captain Safdar in court again

Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter and son-in-law — Maryam Nawaz and Captain Safdar — arrived at the accountability court on Friday for the hearing of the three graft cases against the Sharif family, DawnNews reported.

According to DawnNews it is expected that the court will indict Nawaz Sharif’s daughter and son-in-law as the court severed their case from Sharif as well as the ousted prime minister’s two sons — Hasan and Hussain Nawaz.

On Thursday, Maryam left 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 Ahmadi community from government and military service.

On Oct 9, the accountability court in Islamabad observed that Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain Safdar would be indicted on Oct 13 (today).

However, NAB Deputy Prosecutor General Chaudhry Khaliquz Zaman had told Dawn that Nawaz could not be indicted till he appeared in court. “Under the law a suspect cannot be charged in absentia,” he said.

It had also ordered NAB to initiate the process of declaring Sharif’s sons — Hassan and Hussain — proclaimed offenders, for consistently skipping court proceedings in the graft references pertaining to the Park Lane flats and the establishment of offshore companies.

NAB has given them 30 days (from Oct 11) to appear in court.

During her three-day stay in Lahore, Maryam did not visit her Jati Umra residence but stayed at her son-in-law’s home on The Mall.

She did not meet party workers from NA-120, many of whom were expecting her to meet them and congratulate her for her mother’s victory in the by-election.

Maryam had left for London within hours of the announcement of the election result.

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