Accountability Court indicted Nawaz Sharif in third reference today

The accountability court (AC) has today (Friday) indicted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the third reference filed against the Sharif family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The former PM was indicted in the Flagship Companies Ltd reference in his absence.

Maryam Nawaz, daughter of the former premier and her husband Captain (r) Safdar have already been indicted in Avenfield Reference by the accountability court yesterday.

On Thursday, Nawaz was also indicted in the Azizia Steel Mills reference as well as in the Avenfield properties reference.

The charges stem from revelations contained in the Panama Papers that Sharif family members owned expensive residential properties in London that were not properly reported under Pakistani disclosure rules.

Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, who in recent months had become a senior leadership figure in the family’s political party, was also indicted, along with her husband, Muhammad Safdar. Two sons who were mentioned in the Panama Papers were not indicted.

The criminal indictment, brought by an anti-corruption court that took up the case on orders from the Supreme Court, is the latest blow to a politician who served three terms as prime minister and helped define the country’s political mainstream.

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