Capt Safdar approaches IHC in bid to put off indictment in corruption reference

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Muhammad Safdar on Thursday requested the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to postpone the date of his indictment in a corruption reference — set by an accountability court for tomorrow — arguing that the prosecution against him has been initiated in haste.

Safdar and his wife Maryam Nawaz had on Monday appeared before an accountability court in Islamabad. After the proceedings, the court had granted them bail, barred Safdar from leaving Pakistan without the court’s permission and set the date of their indictment for October 13.

In his petition submitted today, Safdar argued that the indictment cannot happen until at least seven days after the first appearance of the accused in court. Since it will have been only four days on October 13 since Safdar’s appearance, he has requested the IHC to cancel the indictment tomorrow.

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