Pakistan's ex-premier Sharif indicted on corruption charges

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The allegations against the prime minister stemmed from the Panama Papers leak past year, which sparked media frenzy over the luxurious lifestyles and high-end London property portfolio owned by his family.

After being indicted in the Avenfield properties case alongside her father and husband, Maryam said in court that she does not plead guilty.

After the probe, the top court disqualified Sharif and ordered the NAB to investigate and conduct a trial.

A separate Supreme Court-appointed panel said the family's wealth did not match its income, and accused Maryam and her brothers of signing forged documents to obscure ownership of offshore companies used to buy the London flats.

An anti-corruption court in Islamabad on Thursday indicted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law for not declaring four expensive apartments in London to tax authorities.

The criminal indictment, brought by an anticorruption court that took up the case on orders from the Supreme Court, is the latest blow to a politician who served three terms as prime minister and helped define the Pakistani political mainstream.

But long before he was forced out by the Supreme Court, the military had the upper hand yet again.

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Sharif's family has alleged that the cases are politically motivated.

The Accountability Court adjourned hearing of "Flagship investment" reference till tomorrow where charges will be framed against Nawaz Sharif.

Sharif was re-elected as the president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on October 3 and immediately demanded that those who disqualified him should respect the people's mandate and democracy.

A Sharif representative entered a not guilty plea for the sacked premier, who is now in London with his wife Kulsoom as she undergoes cancer treatment. Maryam said her party is still united despite the differences of opinion.

The court proceeded with the indictment of the trio after rejecting three applications filed by Sharif, Maryam and Safdar requesting suspension of the indictment.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) spokesman Fawad Chaudhary said his party was satisfied with the progress of the case. This indictment has come in just one case, there are two other cases as well.

Hashmi, in a leaked video, had threatened those "investigating the prime minister's son".

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