Pakistan’s ousted Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif has been indicted of corruption charges by an anti-corruption court in the country. The case was filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) over the ownership of Flagship Investment Ltd. The court charged Sharif for holding assets beyond his known sources of income. The indictment comes after Sharif’s family received a blow from the Panama papers released last year leading to his removal from office.
The charges to which Nawaz Sharif’s representative, Zafir Khan pleaded not guilty stated, Sharif owned assets beyond the scope of his income and was the chairman of Flagship Investment Ltd while he was holding public offices between 2007 and 2014.
This is one of the three cases of corruption charges and money laundering against the former prime minister. These cases were registered after he was disqualified from office by Pakistan’s Supreme Court on July 28 this year after his mention in the Panama paper scandal.
Sharif is currently in London looking after his ailing wife but is expected to be back in Pakistan on Sunday. His two sons, Hassan and Hussein Nawaz have also been indicted and are being considered absconders for not appearing before the court. His daughter, Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law too have been indicted by the NAB in reference to Avenfield apartments in London.
While the 67-year-old fights these charges, he is trying to maintain his political throne. He was elected to be the party leader yet again by his party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), this month despite the charges against him.