Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif flew to London on Thursday to spend Eid with his ailing wife, Kulsoom Nawaz. His daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, accompanied him.
Kulsoom is being treated at a London facility for throat cancer.
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had said on Sunday that Sharif and his daughter can go to London to visit Kulsoom. They were exempted from appearing before the accountability court for the Avenfield reference hearing on Thursday.
Judge Muhammad Bashir, who is hearing the case, was supposed to hear the final arguments from Maryam’s lawyer, Amjad Pervaiz. He did not appear before the court on Thursday. The court adjourned the hearing till June 19.
On Sunday, Justice Nisar ordered the NAB court to wind up the hearings of all three corruption references against the Sharif family in a month. The Supreme Court rejected the plea of Khawaja Haris, who asked for six weeks to complete the trial. A day later, Haris withdrew from representing the former PM in the cases. He appeared before the accountability court on Monday along with Sharif.
The Supreme Court had disqualified the then PM in the Panama Papers case on July 27, 2017, from holding public office. The deposed PM’s name did not appear in the Panama Papers.
However, the papers linked his children to offshore companies and properties. The court ordered NAB to investigate the Sharif family’s wealth as there was “insufficient evidence” to oust the PM over allegations pertaining to his family’s wealth. NAB filed three corruption references against Nawaz, Maryam, Hussain Nawaz, Hasan Nawaz and Capt (retd) Safdar. The Sharif family denies involvement in any kind of corruption.