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Court postpones indictment of Nawaz Sharif till October 19

PTI
Published : Oct 14, 2017, 7:09 am IST
Updated : Oct 14, 2017, 7:09 am IST

The PML-N supporters also tried to enter the courtroom, resulting in clashes with police.

Ousted Pak PM Nawaz Sharif (Photo: AP)
 Ousted Pak PM Nawaz Sharif (Photo: AP)

Islamabad: An anti-corruption court on Friday postponed the indictment of Pakistan’s ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law in the Panama Papers case till October 19 after the PML-N lawyers and supporters tried to barge into the courtroom.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had registered three cases of corruption and money laundering against 67- year-old Sharif, his family members and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the Islamabad Accountability Court. The cases were registered weeks after the Supreme Court disqualified Sharif as prime minister on July 28 in the Panama Papers scandal.

As the court was about to begin the proceedings, lawyers associated with the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) forced their way inside the courtroom.

The PML-N supporters also tried to enter the courtroom, resulting in clashes with police.

The lawyers started protesting in the courtroom of Judge Muhammad Bashir against security arrangements which had “restricted their movement in the court premises”.

They threatened to hold up the hearing until action was taken against the police officers that had allegedly manhandled them outside the court.

As a result of the ruckus, Judge Bashir left the courtroom and later announced the postponement of the hearing till October 19.

Mr Sharif on Friday filed a constitutional petition in the Supreme Court against multiple corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau against him.

Tags: nawaz sharif, panama papers case, national accountability bureau