Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband Captain (retired) Mohammad Safdar were indicted by an accountability court in Islamabad on Thursday over allegations linked to ownership of expensive apartments in London, the Dawn newspaper reported.
The National Accountability Bureau, which was asked by the country’s Supreme Court to carry out a wide-ranging investigation, filed the case against the Sharifs. Maryam Sharif and Safdar were present in court, but Nawaz Sharif sent a representative since he is with his ailing wife in Britain, Reuters reported.
The court rejected an application filed by Captain Safdar’s counsel, who sought an adjournment of the indictment proceedings, reported Dawn. The court also dismissed a plea by Sharif’s legal team to delay the indictment. Safdar and the Sharifs have continued to plead not guilty in the case.
Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court in July for disparities between his income and that of his family’s, and their actual wealth. He had stepped down from the post of prime minister soon after.