Nawaz Sharif's indictment deferred; children issued non-bailable arrest warrants

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Sharif, 67, who is facing multiple corruption cases, was rendered ineligible to act not only as prime minister but also head of his party following a Supreme Court verdict.

The court ordered Sharif, his two sons, his daughter and a son-in-law to appear in court on October 9 to face corruption charges.

During his first appearance in court, on September 26, Sharif condemned the anticorruption court's actions as politically motivated.

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Earlier, the Central Working Committee of the PML-N passed a resolution reposing its confidence in the leadership of Sharif, Pakistani media reported. They also paid tribute to the former prime minister for his services during his tenure.

Sharif accompanied by his political aide, Senator Asif Kirmani arrived at the court amid tight Rangers deployment. Back in office a few years later, he was overthrown by a military coup in 1999 and exited to Saudi Arabia along with other family members.

According to PML-N sources, the new bill would be signed by the President tomorrow after which it would become a law and enable Sharif to be elected as the party chief. 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.

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Khawaja Harris, Nawaz's counsel, informed the court during the hearing that the Sharif children are in London to attend their ailing mother.

After hearing the arguments, the court subsequently issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Hassan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar while bailable arrest warrants for Maryam Nawaz.

The ruling party has called a meeting on Tuesday in the capital Islamabad to re-elect Sharif, a move opposition parties have said they will challenge in the Supreme Court.

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Earlier, there had been reports that the ousted prime minister would fly to London on Thursday to be with his wife, Kulsoom, who has been undergoing treatment for throat cancer at a private hospital in London.

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