The cases are linked to ownership of London properties by Sharif’s family, which was revealed in the 2016 Panama Papers leak
A fractured polity, civil-military tensions cast a pall over upcoming state polls.
The poll panel took action under sub-section 42A of the Representation of People Act (RoPA), which demands the parliamentarians to provide details of all assets and liabilities each year.
Sharif skipped the hearing as he has not returned from London where he is looking after his wife Kulsoom, who is suffering from throat cancer.
Maryam is not sure whether her brothers would appear before the court on October as said: “My brothers take their decisions themselves. They live abroad and the laws of the land here don’t apply to them”.
Maryam Sharif, who is being groomed as Nawaz Sharif’s political successor, appeared in the court for the first time today. She was ordered to submit a surety bond of Rs 50,000 against a non-bailable arrest warrant against her.
Sharif said he wanted to congratulate the people from his heart. “Nawaz Sharif wants to kiss all your foreheads,” the former premier said, expressing his gratitude to party workers for supporting his daughter, Maryam.
Pakistan’s Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has a long association with Sharif family and one of his sons is married to the daughter of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He was also imprisoned when Sharif’s government was toppled in 1999.
Opposition lawmakers tore up paper copies of the Election Bill 2017, passed by the Senate last week, that allowed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to become the party president again. The vote was more of a formality as PML-N has a vast majority.
Nawaz Sharif resigned as prime minister in July after the Supreme Court disqualified him for not declaring a source of income. He had installed Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a loyalist, as prime minister.
The anti-graft body also froze the bank accounts and seized properties of former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and his family members to put pressure on them to appear before the court. Sharif’s family has alleged that the cases are politically motivated.
The move came in the wake of the failure of Hassan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, Maryam Nawaz and her husband Mohammad Safdar to appear in the court during last hearing in the Panama Papers scandal.
Kulsoom was diagnosed with early-stage throat cancer last month and has been in London since, where she has undergone three surgeries.
A meeting of the PML-N’s General Council will be held on October 2 to amend the party constitution that barred a disqualified person from holding any party office
A miffed army and divided party indicate that Pakistan’s three-time PM is set for a long exile.