Nawaz likely to return to Pakistan tonight

Published: October 12, 2017
Former PM Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: File

Former PM Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: File

Former PM Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: File PHOTO:FILE

ISLAMABAD: Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to return to Pakistan later today to appear before the accountability court hearing the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) references due tomorrow (Friday).

Sources told The Express Tribune that the former prime minister is likely to return to Pakistan, however, Nawaz has yet to confirm his airline tickets back to the country.

Nawaz Sharif left for London on a scheduled trip last week to see his ailing wife who has been undergoing cancer treatment there.

Earlier, PML-N dropped hints that Hussain and Hassan Nawaz may not appear before the accountability court, taking advantage of their foreign residency.

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The accountability court is trying the brothers along with their father Nawaz Sharif, sister Maryam and brother-in-law Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar, in corruption references filed against them by the country’s top graft buster on the Supreme Court’s instructions.

Talking to reporters after a hearing on Monday, Maryam Nawaz said that her brothers would make their own decision regarding their appearance before the court. However, she added that since both of them reside abroad, therefore, local laws did not apply to them.

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Marriyam Aurangzeb, the Minister of State for Information, later told reporters that Hussain and Hassan were both foreign residents and the law that applies on those doing business abroad also applied on the two.

Hussain and Hassan have not appeared before the court on any hearing since the trial began last month. Despite issuing non-bailable arrest warrants against the duo during the last hearing, the brothers did not appear for the hearing on Monday.

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