On Tuesday, Judge Bashir wrote to IHC Chief Justice Anwar Khan Kasi and recused himself from hearing the remaining two graft cases lodged against the former PM.
In his letter, Judge Bashir further stated that if required, then he could also be transferred. He said that Sharif’s counsel had also objected to him hearing the other two cases, sources said.
Junaid Safdar, a student of politics at a UK university, reached Pakistan on Monday. He is expected to meet his grandfather Sharif, mother Maryam and father Capt (retd.) M Safdar, all three imprisoned at Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.
The move came on the heels of filing of separate appeals by Sharif, 68, his daughter Maryam, 44, and son-in-law Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar, challenging the verdict.
Nawaz Sharif, 68, and his daughter Maryam, 44, were arrested in Lahore on Friday on their arrival from London after an accountability court found them guilty on July 6 over his family’s ownership of four luxury flats in London.
The former Pakistan PM was convicted of corruption “not directly”, since no definitive proof of disproportionate assets was uncovered, but via the “indirect method”.
The appeals against the conviction of Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and retired Captain M Safdar are likely to be filed before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday. Lawyers for Sharif met him in the high-security Adiala jail and obtained his signatures on the papers of attorney.
The incarcerated Sharifs also met their family members for the first time last night. The visitors included Sharif’s aged mother, Shamim Akhtar, his brother Shahbaz, Maryam’s daughter Meharun Nisa and Shahbaz’s son Hamza Shahbaz.
Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were handed down 10 and seven years’ imprisonment, respectively, in the London properties case last week, days before the July 25 polls.
The Congress Saturday tweeted an old photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sharif holding hands and asked: “Nawaz Sharif has been arrested on corruption charges. We’d like to know what his dear friend, PM Modi has to say about this.”
The son of former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who was sent to jail along with his daughter Maryam in a graft case on Friday, has expressed anguish over poor treatment being meted out to his father at Rawalpindi’s Adiala jail.
The Congress had posted a photograph of Modi and Sharif walking hand in hand on micro-blogging site Twitter and sought to know what the prime minister thinks of his former Pakistani counterpart, who was arrested in a corruption case.
Nawaz Sharif and Maryam were convicted by the Islamabad-based accountability court on July 6 in the Avenfield case linked to the Sharif family’s ownership of properties in London
In two other clashes in Lahore at Ravi bridge and Bhutta Chowk Lahore, seven policemen and 10 PML-N workers suffered injuries.
Within minutes of touching down in Lahore, former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam, who are convicted for corruption, were arrested.