Published: Sat, October 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Ousted Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif indicted over corruption claims

Ousted Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif indicted over corruption claims

He also challenged Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Ishaq Dar to hold a debate with him on electronic media and would resign from the National Assembly if he failed to prove their corruption of Rs200 billion.

For Sharif supporters, his disqualification was an act of overreach by the supreme court, which they say did the bidding of the country's powerful military, a longstanding foe of Sharif's. The apex court had disqualified Sharif from holding office on July 28.

All three pleaded not guilty. The charges against Maryam and Safdar were framed in person, Dawn online reported.

The former prime minister is unlikely to be arrested on his return home as the court has already granted bail.

Sharif and his sons - Hussain and Hassan - have been named in three corruption references, while his daughter Maryam and her husband have been named in single graft reference related to the family's London flats.

As part of her defence, Maryam, groomed to be her father's successor, submitted documents purporting to show her innocence, but the font that appeared to have been used in them was not available at the time the documents were claimed to have been written.

Commenting on reports that a NAB team has gone to London to collect evidence about Sharifs' properties, Maryam wondered how NAB could now be entrusted with the investigation when the Supreme Court had criticised it for being ineffective during the Panama Papers case hearings. He said those who want to see Sheikh Rashid out of the Parliament are ousted and disgraced.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) spokesman Fawad Chaudhary said his party was satisfied with the progress of the case.

Sharif later on Thursday told reporters in London that he will go back to Pakistan to attend the next court hearing, scheduled for October 26.

A number of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders and workers were present outside the court complex.

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