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03 October 2017, 08:55 | Damon Campbell
Nawaz Sharif during his court appearance in Islamabad last week
"Nawaz Sharif has made a decision to appear before the court in National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references in order to expose the targeted trial", Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said and added justice is being "compromised" in the case.
Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha, a leader of Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), told the media after the hearing that last for more than an hour that the indictment has been postponed.
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The intra-party election is being held after the National Assembly on Monday passed the Elections Bill 2017, paving way for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to regain chairmanship of the ruling party.
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Sharif accompanied by his political aide, Senator Asif Kirmani arrived at the court amid tight Rangers deployment.
Sharif's sons Hussain and Hassan and his daughter Maryam are co-defendants in the Panama Papers case and are now in London with their mother Kalsum, who is undergoing treatment for throat cancer. Khawaja Harris, Sharif's counsel, informed the court during the hearing that the Sharif children were busy tending to their convalescing mother in London and will appear in court once she is better.
The minister also said Sharif's children - Hassan, Hussain and Maryam and son-in-law Safdar will not come from London to appear in the court to face the graft cases.
Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau is set to indict former prime minister in the accountability court in three corruption and money laundering cases involving his family's offshore properties on Monday.
It marks the formal process of re-electing Sharif as party president, the report said.
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