Nawaz, Maryam , Captain Safdar to be indicted on Oct 13

Islamabad: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son in law Captain Safdar expected to be indicted on October 13. Court ordered Maryam Nawaz and his husband to submit surety bond of worth 5 million each to assure their presence on next hearing.

The accountability court judge, Muhammad Bashir, also ordered for copies of NAB references, along with other relevant record, to be provided to the accused. Further, the judge directed Safdar to seek prior permission from the court in case of foreign travel.

During Monday’s proceedings, three investigation officers appeared before the court and recorded their statements. The NAB officials informed the court that Nawaz’s sons Hassan and Hussain had left the country and were deliberately avoiding court appearances.

After hearing the arguments of the NAB investigators, the court ordered initiation of process under section 87 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) against the ex-PM’s sons and separated their trial from the rest of the accused.

Meanwhile, Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris once again requested the court to grant his client exemption from court appearance as he was in London inquiring after his ailing wife, Kulsoom Nawaz. The court, however, only allowed Nawaz an exemption from appearing on Monday’s hearing and reserved its judgement for further exemption.