Nawaz Sharif to be re-elected PML-N President on October 3

Katrina Barker
Октября 3, 2017

The Islamabad Accountability Court on Monday adjourned hearing of references against Nawaz Sharif and his children till October 09 while issuing arrest warrants for Hassan, Hussain and Maryam Nawaz and Capt (R) Muhammad Safdar.

After Nawaz's appearance before the court, Mohsin Ranjha, a member of his legal team, told the media that children and son in law of the former prime minister would appear before the court on the 9th of this month.

The opposition protested against the bill in the NA and chanted slogans against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of (PML-N), who was ousted by the court on corruption charges. During the hearing, the PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League) lawyer argued that all of the accused in the case have to appear in court before an indictment takes place.

The hearing in the case has been deferred to October 9, Monday.

The children are now in London with Sharif's wife - Kulsoom Nawaz - who is undergoing treatment for throat cancer. Sharif could be jailed after the indictment.

Previously, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had sent bailable arrest warrants on September 26 for Sharif's children and son-in-law to their residences in Lahore and London.

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Pakistan daily, Dawn, reported that on Monday the ruling PML-N has cleared the way for Sharif to be re-elected as the party president.

No one will be allowed to challenge the government's writ through backdoor dealings and unconstitutional and illegal actions will have risky consequences, Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Monday.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and other senior PML-N leaders were barred from entering the accountability court by Rangers' personnel. "He's the symbol of unity in our party", said Rana Afzal Khan, a PML-N lawmaker. The cases had been filed by NAB.

The Supreme Court disqualified Sharif in July, forcing him to step down.

Dar has already been indicted in the reference against him for possessing assets beyond his known sources of income.

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