Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz left for London early on Thursday morning.
The father-daughter duo are traveling to the United Kingdom to visit the former chief executive’s wife Kulsoom Nawaz, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment at a hospital in London. They are expected to spend Eid holidays with Kulsoom and other family members in the city.
Taking to social media, Maryam confirmed boarding a flight from the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore.
“Leaving for London. Back next week Insha Allah. Cannot wait to meet and hug Ami,” she wrote. She requested followers to pray for her mother’s heatlh.
The Sharif family is facing trial at an accountability court in Islamabad on corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the wake of Supreme Court’s July 28, 2017 verdict in Panamagate case disqualifying Nawaz and directing the anti-graft watchdog to launch an inquiry.
On June 8, the accountability court had dismissed an application submitted by Nawaz and Maryam seeking exemption from personal appearance as they intended to visit Kulsoom in London.
However, the country’s top court had granted them permission on June 10 while hearing a plea by accountability court seeking a third extension to conclude the trial against Sharif family. During the hearing, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar had asked them to make a verbal request so the apex court could allow them.
Following the top court hearing, the accountability court on June 12 also granted exemption to Nawaz and Maryam for the June 14 hearing wherein the counsel for Maryam and her husband Captain (retd) Safdar, Amjad Pervaiz, is expected to present final arguments in the Avenfield Apartments reference.