Just In: Nawaz Sharif and daughter indicted on corruption charges

The anti-corruption court in Islamabad 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 today.

Sharif did not appear in court as he is in London where his wife Kulsoom Nawaz is being operated on for throat cancer and undergoing chemotherapy. His representative pleaded not guilty for the three.

According to The Hindu Maryam Nawaz alleged that the Sharifs are victims of political victimisation. “We are being targeted. This is injustice at its peak but we will continue to fight it out and prove our innocence,” she told the media.

Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification stemmed from the Panama Papers leaks in 2016 that appeared to show that his daughter and two sons owned offshore holding companies registered in the British Virgin Islands and used them to buy posh flats in London.

The Sharifs have been residing at the Avenfield flats since early 90s but claimed it came in their ownership in 2006 when they purchased it from a consortium owned by Qatari Prince in which Sharifs’ son Hussain was a partner. Pakistani authorities said the Sharifs have failed to provide a paper trail to establish this claim.