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Pakistani anti-corruption court indicts ousted PM Nawaz Sharif

Pakistani anti-corruption court indicts ousted PM Nawaz Sharif

A Pakistani former prime minister was involved in the corruption actions, according to the anti-corruption court.  On Thursday,  the court indicted ousted Nawaz Sharif and his daughter over allegations linked to ownership of London properties, opening a trial that could see the former leader jailed.

Mr Sharif was a Pakistani prime minister twice in the 1990s, after the allegation of corruption, he sent a representative while he tends to his wife as she undergoes cancer treatment in Britain. Moreover, the former PM has called the corruption proceedings against him and his daughter a conspiracy, hinting at intervention by the powerful military. However, Sharif’s opponents have hailed it as a rare example of the rich and powerful being held accountable.

In fact, every country faces with the corruption examples among the top officials, sooner or later. The nature of the modern politics is unbelievable without such allegation as corruption, so Mr Sharif and his family is under fire now.

Judge Ahmad of the court that tries cases registered and investigated by an anti-graft body, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), indicted ex-PM, his daughter and her husband. They all rejected the charges by pleading ‘not guilty’ and vowed to contest the case.

The court also adjourned the hearing of the Avenfield properties and Azizia Steel Mills references until October 26 and directed the prosecution to produce its first witness — Jamshed Ahmed — at the next hearing.

On Thursday, Maryam said in the court that the charges were unfounded and baseless.

“This will go down in history as a travesty of justice,”

Sharif’s daughter said.