Vastavam web: Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday appeared before an anti-graft court which adjourned till November 7 the hearing of corruption cases against him in the Panama Papers scandal that forced him to resign.Sharif, who returned to the country from London on Thursday, during the brief hearing submitted two surety bonds of five million rupees (USD 48,000) each against bailable arrest warrants issued on October 26, his lawyer Khawaja Harris said.
Sharif, 67, and some of his family members are facing charges relating to their ownership of properties in London.Three cases were registered by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on September 8 against Sharif, his children and son-in-law in the Accountability Court Islamabad, following a verdict by the Supreme Court.At the start of the hearing, the defence asked the accountability judge to consider the verdict of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), which on Thursday ordered the Accountability Court to hear again the plea that Sharif?s three cases should be clubbed together.
The anti-graft court last month rejected an application by Sharif that since all three cases deal with assets beyond means, so they should be taken up as a single case.He also said that Pakistan Peoples Party leader Asif Ali Zardari was speaking against him “to please someone””I don?t have to say anything as the present situation and actions are in front of everyone,” he said.Heavy security arrangements were made around the judicial complex today to deal with any untoward situation.The cases are based on the July 28 disqualification verdict of the Supreme Court and to launch three corruption cases against him, his family, and one case against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
The political future of Sharif, who leads the country’s most powerful political family and the ruling PML-N party, has been hanging in balance since then. If convicted, Sharif can be jailed.