Nawaz Sharif and family skip court hearing in Panamagate

Senator Farhatullah Babar has branded the news baseless

NAB prosecutor informed the court that summons were received by the security in-charge of the family.

The justice said the court had to run legal proceeding and that this act of non-seriousness would not be tolerated.

"This is not an ordinary victory", said Sharif's daughter, Maryam, who has been at the helm of the PML-N campaign for her mother and who some party leaders see as a future leader of the faction.

The court was hearing the case of three references submitted by NAB against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his sons Hussain and Hasan, daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar.

Asif Kirmani, Sharif's political advisor who appeared in the court on his behalf, told the media after a brief hearing that former Premier is in London to take care of his ailing wife and would soon come back. He quoted the security officer as saying that Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz had instructed him not to receive the summons.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawyer Faisal Chaudhry said he appeared before the court following the instructions of PTI chief Imran Khan to peruse the cases.

Sharif along with his children is now in London in connection with the treatment of his ailing wife.

The petitioner further pleaded the court to constitute a seven-member larger bench to review the July 28 decision.

"The Sharifs are anticipating the outcome of these references, therefore they have no plans to appear before the accountability courts", the PML-N leader said. "In the garb of accountability, Nawaz Sharif is being politically and personally victimized", Maryam said.

He also called for day-to-day proceedings on the references against Sharif, his children and finance minister Ishaq Dar.

The bureau's Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family's Avenfield apartments in London and another against Dar for owning assets beyond their known sources of income.

Responding to a tweet of journalist Iftikhar Ahmed, who asked, "will Nawaz Sharif appear before National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court?"

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