After being disqualified as Pakistan’s prime minister, Nawaz Sharif and daughter, Maryam Nawaz were on Thursday indicted by the country’s anti-corruption court.
The indictment came in connection with allegations over the ownership of London properties. This now effectively means that both can be jailed in future.
In July this year, Sharif was forced to resign as Pakistan’s prime minister after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding office over Panama Papers leak. The sensational Panama Papers leak in 2016 had shown that his daughter and two sons owned offshore holding companies registered in the British Virgin Islands and used them to buy posh flats in London.
Later he was re-elected as the head of his party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
They all pleaded not guilty before the anti-corruption agency, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Maryam and her husband Muhammad Safdar were present in the court, but Nawaz Sharif sent a representative as he is currently attending to his ailing wife, who is undergoing cancer treatment in London.
The NAB was directed by the Pakistan Supreme Court to launch a probe into corruption charges against Sharif family.
The Panama Papers Leak had accused many prominent Indians of owning offshore companies. However, unlike Pakistan, those whose names featured in Panama Papers leak, continue to enjoy the government’s benefits because of their support for the ruling BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.