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Maryam Nawaz appears before Accountability Court

ISLAMABAD: PMLN Leader and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif daughter Maryam Nawaz appeared before accountability court to mark her attendance in corruption references filed by NAB on the directions of Supreme court of Pakistan.

The accountability court is hearing corruption cases against the Sharif family with regards to three references filed in light of the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Panama Papers case.

As the hearing began, Nawaz’s counsel, Khawaja Harris, requested the court to grant his client an exemption from personal appearance in the court.

Nawas is in London at the time tending to his wife who is undergoing medical treatment. In this regard, Harris also submitted Kulsoom’s medical report in court.

The NAB prosecutor objected to the plea and instead requested the court to issue warrants for Nawaz’s appearance in court.

The court is likely to deliver its verdict on the exemption plea later today.

After providing a copy of the reference  spread over 53 volumes  to Maryam, Judge Mohammad Bashir directed her to submit a surety bond of Rs5 million.

The hearing was then adjourned until 10am, probably to give time for Capt (retd) Safdar’s appearance.

Officials of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) are en route to the court along with Maryam’s husband, MNA Capt (retd) Safdar, who was taken into custody last night.

Sources said NAB officials are escorting Safdar inside an armoured personnel carrier.

Around 1,000 police and Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel have been deployed for securing the judicial complex where the hearing will take place.

State Interior Minister Talal Chaudhry, Health Minister Saira Afzal Tarar, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, CADD Minister Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, IT Minister Anusha Rehman, Privatisation Minister Daniyal Aziz, Senator Asif Kirmani and other senior PML-N officials are present in and outside the court.