Panama Papers case: Pakistan anti-graft court defers indictment of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam till 19 October

Islamabad: An anti-graft court in Pakistan today postponed the indictment of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar in Panama Papers case till 19 October due to protests by lawyers.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had registered three cases of corruption and money laundering against Sharif, 67, his family members and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the Islamabad

Accountability Court after the Supreme Court disqualified him as prime minister on 28 July.

As the court was about to begin the proceedings, lawyers started protesting in the court room of Judge Muhammad Bashir against security arrangements which had "restricted their movement in the court premises".

Judge Bashir left the court room and later announced the postponement of the hearing till 19 October.

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

A senior leader of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) said that Sharif had nominated a representative to appear before the court to face the indictment and deny the charges.

Maryam, while interacting with reporters, expressed concern over the unnecessary hurdles created for lawyers and asked the interior ministry to probe the incident.

"I don't know who created the problems for the lawyers. It should have been avoided," she said.

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