ISLAMABAD: ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif appeared in court on Tuesday days after returning from overseas to face corruption allegations that saw him ejected from office and targeted with an arrest warrant.
His daughter Maryam and his son-in-law captain (Rtd) Safdar also appeared before the accountability court in NAB reference that was expected to rule on Nawaz Sharif’s plea to club all the references.
The accused left the court after Sharif’s lawyer concluded his arguments.
Nawaz and others arrived at the accountability court at 8:45am amid tight security. A large number of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supporters who arrived from different parts of the country gathered outside the court and chanted slogans in support of Nawaz Sharif.
At least 1,500 policemen were deployed in Islamabad on the occasion of appearance of Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar before the accountability court and a number of routes were also closed in Islamabad over security concerns.
The former premier, who was forced out by the Supreme Court in July over a scandal kindled by the Panama Papers leak, had been facing an arrest warrant for failing to appear at hearings since early October.
He has spent most of the time since in London, where his wife is receiving treatment for cancer. He arrived in Islamabad on Thursday.
Sharif became the 15th premier in Pakistan´s 70-year history to be ousted before completing a full term, after the corruption investigation against him.
The claims against the prime minister stemmed from the Panama Papers leak last year, which sparked a media frenzy over the luxurious lifestyles and high-end London property portfolio owned by his family.
Sharif and his supporters have denied the allegations and hinted at a political conspiracy driven by the powerful military.
With additional input from Reuters