Panama Papers case: Pak court defers indictment of Nawaz Sharif

After the hearing had been delayed, the PML-N lawyers and supporters dispersed.

Federal Police personnel outside courtroom today (Friday). The judgement had thus asked NAB to file references against the Sharif family members.

Talking to media outside the accountability court on Friday, while criticizing the former premier Asim said that first the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had made Rangers controversial and now their lawyers were making the judiciary controversial.

According to police officials, they had been given a task to deny entry to any unwarranted person into the court room other than the prosecutor and Sharif family members. They threatened to hold up the proceedings until action was taken against the security.

The lawyers also argued with the deputy attorney general and created a commotion, forcing Judge Mohammad Bashir to leave for his chamber and abort today's proceedings.

Maryam Nawaz arrived at accountability court amid tight security. He had to step down as prime minister and president of the PML-N party after being disqualified by the Supreme Court.

NAB filed three corruption references against former PM Nawaz in light of the apex court's orders in the Panama Papers case on July 28.

After hearing arguments from the prosecution, the court accepted the bail of both Maryam and her husband.

The petition filed by Sharif's counsel Khawaja Harris under Article 184 (3), urged the top court to stop NAB's proceedings against Nawaz in three references until a single reference is filed against the accused.

After preliminary hearing, a bench of the IHC disposed of the petition for being non-maintainable.

Hussain and Hassan have not appeared before the court on any hearing since the trial began last month.

The court had set October 13 as the date of his indictment. Sharif again failed to appear before the judge because his wife is ill and being treated in London. However, this led to a scuffle as the lawyers wanted to enter the complex for the proceedings.

After appearing before the court Maryam had said that she was not afraid of getting arrested.

Vanessa Coleman