Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. – A file photo

PESHAWAR, 26 September: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before accountability court on Tuesday under the National Accountability Court (NAB) references under the orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Nawaz Sharif told the court during the hearing that he needs to be with his ailing wife in London, upon which the court gave him copies of references and allowed him to travel abroad. Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer submitted his licence in the court in all the three NAB references. The court was expected to specify date for indictment.

Under the orders of the Supreme Court in Panama Papers case, the NAB has filed references in Flagship Investment, Azizia Steel Mills and London property against Nawaz Sharif in the accountability courts.

The accountability court had earlier ordered Nawaz Sharif and his family members to appear on 19 September, but none of them appeared after which they were again summoned today (Tuesday). Nawaz Sharif had arrived in Pakistan from London on Monday for appearing before the court.

Meanwhile, the protocol staff of Nawaz Sharif allegedly tortured media representatives outside the court, leaving one of them unconscious.