NAB references: Hearing adjourned due to police-lawyers spat outside accountability court

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Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif will not appear before an anti-corruption court here today to face indictment in the Panama Papers case as he is in London with his ailing wife, a senior leader has said.

Just as accountability court Judge Muhammad Bashir entered the courtroom, a number of lawyers associated with the PML-N forced their way into the court and surrounded the judge's bench, claiming that they were manhandled by security forces outside the court and prevented from entering the courtroom.

Sources told that the court room has capacity of approximately 18 people while the lawyers were about 80.

The hearing was adjourned until October 13, when members of the Sharif family will be indicted.

Ahead of the hearing strict security measures have been taken as over 750 troops have been deployed around the federal judicial complex, while workers of the party will not be allowed to enter the court premises. It was announced that the indictment will be heard on the day.

On Oct 9, the accountability court observed that Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Capt Safdar would be indicted on Oct 13.

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According to the affixed warrants of Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz outside court, they will be declared fugitives if they don't appear before accountability court within the duration of one month.

As a result of the racket, Judge Bashir made a decision to end court proceedings for the day and asked both defendants to leave the courtroom and return for the hearing on October 18. A special representative Zaafar Khan is set to appeared before the court on behalf of Nawaz Sharif.

He stated Maryam and he wanted to travel to London to see his mother-in-law Begum Kulsoom Nawaz undergoing treatment for throat cancer.

NAB has given them 30 days (from Oct 11) to appear in court.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) registered three cases of corruption and money laundering against Sharif, his family members and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the Islamabad Accountability Court following the verdict.

The references against the Sharif family pertain to the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, their London properties and over dozen offshore companies owned by the family.

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