NAB adjourns hearing on Maryam, Safdar's indictment till October 19

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"Since the NAB has not yet received a reply from the United Kingdom authorities, it has chose to pursue the matter in person", a source said, adding that the team would make sure its return before October 13 to submit a report to the accountability court in Islamabad in connection with the indictment of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and sons Hassan and Hussain.

Meanwhile, Retired Captain Muhammad Safdar, the son-in-law of the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday approached the Islamabad High Court against his and wife Maryam Nawaz's scheduled indictment in a graft reference.

A scuffle erupted when security personnel barred lawyers and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders from entering the court after which the judges along with Justice Mohammad Bashir expressed resentment and left the court without hearing.

While speaking to media Maryam Nawaz asked the interior ministry to come up with a strategy to avoid such events from reoccurring.

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

The clash began after dozens of ruling party lawyers and supporters tried to enter the court premises despite a ban on the entry of persons unrelated to the process. However, the court was expected to indict Maryam and Safdar as their case had been severed from that of her father and brothers - Hassan and Hussain.

The judge chose to end the court proceedings for the day and asked both defendants to leave the courtroom and return for the hearing on October 18.

On Monday, the NAB declared Sharif's sons, Hussain and Hassan, proclaimed offenders for repeatedly failing to appear before it.

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The court had set October 13 as the date of his indictment.

The anti-graft body NAB had frozen the bank accounts and seized properties of Sharif and his family members to put pressure on them to appear before the court.

NAB has filed three references against Nawaz Sharif and his children.

The judge rejected the request of Nawaz Sharif's counsel to adjourn the cases for two weeks so that his client could return from London and appear before it.

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Sharif was disqualified from office in July.

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