Shahbaz Sharif, Hamza to be indicted on Nov 11

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LAHORE: An accountability court is likely to indict Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz, among others in the money laundering and illegal assets reference in the next hearing ON November 11.

At the outset of the hearing, a prosecutor of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had submitted copies of statements of its four approvers before the court.

LAHORE: Maryam Nawaz, Vice President Pakistan Muslim League (N) meets with his uncle and President of the Party Mian Shahbaz Sharif at NAB court during his hearing in provincial capital on November 2.

Presiding Judge Jawadul Hassan directed Sharif to receive the copies of the statements and asked his counsel about the time he needed to prepare for framing of the charges. Sharif stated his name was not mentioned in the statements of the approvers recorded before the magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC.

He had also complained to the judge that he had not been provided with the facility of physiotherapy in the jail despite permission granted by the court. The judge also dismissed an application of Nusrat, Sharif’s wife, seeking permanent exemption from personal appearance in the trial on health reasons. The defence counsel had argued that Nusrat was out of the country for her medical treatment.

Meanwhile, PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz reached the judicial complex to meet her uncle and cousin Hamza as the party claimed she had not been allowed to visit them in the jail. Responding to the journalists, she condemned the authorities for bringing the opposition leaders to the court in the APCs saying the government was scared of democratic leaders.

She further stated that the government would reap what it was sowing.