ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has reached Islamabad and is set to appear before an accountability court hearing three corruption references filed against him and his family.
The accountability court had summoned Sharif, his children Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz, and son-in-law retired Captain Mohammad Safdar on Oct 2 (Monday) in references pertaining to Avenfield apartments, Azizia Steel Mills and offshore companies filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Judge Mohammad Bashir will conduct the hearing, during which the former premier is expected to be indicted. In the last hearing, the ousted prime minister was provided copies of references against him.
At the hearing, Nawaz's counsel, Khawaja Harris, pleaded the court to exempt his client from personal appearance. However, the judge observed that the matter would be deliberated upon once Nawaz has been indicted.On September 26, the court had also issued bailable arrest warrants for Nawaz's daughter Maryam, sons Hussain and Hasan, and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar as they failed to appear it, despite two earlier summons.