An anti-corruption court on Thursday indicted Pakistan's ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Captain Mohammad Safdar over corruption allegations linked to ownership of London properties.
The Sharif family was indicted in connection with a reference pertaining to the London-located Avenfield flats filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the Dawn reported.
Nawaz, through his representative, Maryam and Safdar rejected the charges by pleading "not guilty".
Marriyum further stated that Maryam Nawaz's mom [Kalsoom Nawaz] is in poor health however she has appeared earlier than the courtroom following the instructions of her father as Nawaz Sharif himself respects authorized establishments.
After her indictment, Maryam said that a mockery should not be made of the system of justice.
Sharif's indictment came even though he and lead defence counsel Khawaja Haris Ahmed are both overseas.
Sharif's leagal team then filed a third application in the accountability court and asked that all three cases should be changed into a single case.
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The court had exempted Sharif from appearing on October 9, but fixed Oct 13 for his indictment.
After a brief halt in proceedings, the court resumed hearing Aziza Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment reference filed by anti-graft body against Nawaz Sharif.
"During its stay [in London] the team will contact the United Kingdom authorities to seek a reply to its queries regarding the Sharif family's Avenfield properties".
According to the charge sheet, Maryam Nawaz was the sole beneficiary of Avenfield apartments in London and she submitted the forged documents with regard to trust deed of the London properties to the Panamagate JIT, using "Calibri font".
"I do not plead guilty".
Last week, the NAB court was forced to postpone the indictment against the ruling family after lawyers associated with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) protested in the courtroom. However, the court reserved its decision on a third application, seeking a merger of the three references filed against Sharif. Sharif denies ever receiving the small source of income that led to his disqualification.
In an earlier hearing, the court granted bail to the couple in the reference after submission of surety bonds worth Rs5 million each. Sharif and his sons - Hassan and Hussain - are likely to be indicted in the other two references later today.