Islamabad: An accountability court today decided to indict Nawaz Sharif on October 2 after the ousted prime minister for the first time appeared before it to face graft charges filed against him in the Panama Papers scandal.
The court also issued fresh arrest warrants against his children and son-in-law.
Sharif, 67, appeared before the court located in the judicial complex here, a day after he returned from London where he was with his ailing wife.
During the brief hearing, Sharif informed accountability court Judge Muhammad Bashir that his wife was unwell and he needed to attend her. He was then allowed to leave the court.
The court then adjourned for 10 minutes before continuing with the normal case proceedings.
The appearance was just a formality to ensure that the accused was ready to face the trial. Sharif stayed at the court for about 10 minutes.
He was accompanied by his lawyer Khawaja Harris who would represent him as a counsel in the corruption cases.
The court had last week summoned Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law capt (retd) Safdar to appear before it on September 26. It is pertinent to mention that the Sharif family had skipped a court hearing on September 19.