On October 2, the former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif made a court appearance in the hearing of three corruption references against him. The judge hearing the case deferred the disqualified PM’s indictment till October 9 and also issued non-bailable arrest warrants against his children and son-in-law.

The court had summoned Sharif, his son-in-law, Capt (retd) Safdar and his children; Hassan, Hussain and Maryam Nawaz, to appear before the court in relation to the corruption cases filed against them. Even though Sharif appeared, his children and son-in-law were a no-show prompting the judge to issue non-bailable arrest warrants against them so that they appear before the court.

According to Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer, Mohsin Ranjha, the court has been assured that Maryam Nawaz and her husband will appear in court during the next hearing. He further said that Sharif had requested for exemption form personal appearance and that decision is yet to be deliberated upon.

Strict security arrangements were made at and around the judicial complex in Sector G-11 where the court is located. When Sharif arrived at the court, around 2,000 personnel of the police and Rangers had been deployed there.

Only Sharif’s vehicle was allowed to enter the complex and he was accompanies by his political aide, Senator Asif Kirmani. Everyone else was barred from entering the premises including several ministers and supporters of the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz.

Even lawyers and litigants were not allowed to enter the court due to which there was delay in other hearings which had been scheduled inside the complex.

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