Maryam Nawaz, Captain Safdar appear before court once again

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Maryam Nawaz talking to media while leaving the court due to adjournment of the case also lamented over the incident and said that the interior ministry should take notice of the brawl.

Maryam and her spouse returned to Pakistan to appear in accountability court in connection with a reference related to the Sharif family's flats in a posh London neighbuorhood.

Accountability court will indict sacked premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (Retd) Safdar today (Friday). The judge ordered the NAB authorities to release Capt. Safdar after he too submitted surety bonds worth Rs. 5 million.

As a result of the ruckus, Judge Bashir made a decision to end court proceedings for the day and asked both defendants to leave the courtroom and return for the hearing on October 19.

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In the last hearing, the court had declared Hasan and Hussain Nawaz - Nawaz Sharif's sons - as absconders, besides approving the bail of Maryam and Safdar after they appeared in court.

Sharif and his two sons were absent during the hearing as they are in London to attend his wife Kulsoom who is battling throat cancer.

On Thursday, Maryam left Lahore for Islamabad on a special plane to appear before the trial court, along with her husband, who has recently come under fire from several quarters, including his own party, for demanding that the government ban the Ahmedi minority community from government and military service.

The hearing was adjourned until October 13, when members of the Sharif family will be indicted.

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The court has made a decision to declare Hassan and Hussain fugitives in case they fail to appear before the accountability court within a month.

Maryam, who is being groomed as Sharif's political successor, appeared in the court for the first time today.

They were also present during the previous hearing.

NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and the almost dozen companies owned by the Sharif family. The cases were filed after the July 28 verdict by the Supreme Court which disqualified Sharif.

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On October 3, Sharif was re-elected as president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

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