Lawyers, PML-N workers clash with security at court, indictment hearing postponed

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2017

As the hearing began, the lawyers initiated a protest inside the courtroom claiming that the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has granted permission to lawyers to be present for court hearings inside the judicial complex as well as the accountability court stating it be "an open court".

Maryam Nawaz talking to the media outside the court October 13, 2017.

"I will request the Interior Ministry to inquire into the incident", she said.

As a result of the racket, Judge Bashir chose to end court proceedings for the day and asked both defendants to leave the courtroom and return for the hearing on October 18. It also issued perpetual warrants for them and separated their trial from Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law retired Capt. Mohammad Safdar.

In the notice, both the respondents have been directed to appear before the court within 30 days.

Maryam, who is being groomed as Sharif's political successor, appeared in the court for the first time today. Earlier, Safdar was arrested by the NAB on October 9 just after his return from London but later released by the court on bail. The court also asked him to seek its permission before going overseas and rejected the NAB request to confiscate his passport. "It should have been avoided", she said. "The judges would have to answer it", she said referring to dismissal of Sharif for non-declaration of his salary from his son's company in the UAE.

It had also ordered to start the process of declaring Sharif's sons proclaimed offender for failing to appear before the court. The court accepted the plea.

Sharif had failed to appear on Monday before the court as he was in London with Kulsoom.

The references were filed in the backdrop of Supreme Court's July 28 decision in the Panama Papers case in which Nawaz Sharif was also disqualified for concealing his employment with Capital FZE, a firm owned by his younger son Hassan.

Sharif was re-elected as the president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on October 3 and immediately demanded that those who disqualified him should respect the people's mandate and democracy.

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