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Court issues arrest warrants for Sharif children;Nawaz to face indictment on Oct 9

ISLAMABAD -UNS: An Accountability Court held hearing of three references against ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his children Hassan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (rted.) Safdar on Monday.

The ousted premier was not charge-sheeted during today’s hearing. However, the court issued non-bailable warrant for arrest of his children and Captain Safdar.

The court set the next hearing on October 9. Afterwards, Nawaz Sharif left for Punjab House.

The court has provided the copies of references to Nawaz Sharif and had issued bailable arrest warrants for other accused.

Judge Muhammed Bashir of Islamabad’s Accountability Court heard three references of London flats, Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Offshore Companies.

In exemption plea, Nawaz Sharif argued his wife is ailing abroad and he needs to attend to her; hence, he should be exempted so that he may fly abroad.

On Friday, NAB team was unable to deliver arrest warrants issued against the Sharif children — Hassan, Hussain and Maryam — at their Jati Umra residence.

Reports said the NAB team could not find anyone at the residence on Friday to acknowledge their receipt.

NAB will now request the court to issue non-bailable arrest warrants for the four on October 2, when Nawaz is expected to be formally charge-sheeted.

Nawaz had briefly appeared before a NAB court on Tuesday.

The references followed the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case that had disqualified Nawaz from holding public office.

Maryam, Hussain, Hassan and Safdar are currently in London with their ailing mother Kulsoom Nawaz, Nawaz’s spouse.

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