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Sharif says his opponents would fail to punish him

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Ousted Nawaz Sharif today warned his opponents that they would fail to "punish" him as he appeared before an anti-graft court for the 17th time to face trial in the scandal.

Sharif, 67, appeared before the Islamabad along with his daughter Maryam and (retired) Mohmmad Safdar.

At the start of the hearing, the court was informed that lawyers are not attending courts to observe three-day mourning after the death of and human rights activist who passed away in on Sunday.

Though the (NAB) objected by saying that witnesses were present to record statements but adjourned hearing till February 15.

Sharif and some of his family members are facing charges relating to their ownership of posh properties in He resigned as in July after the country's disqualified him over undeclared income.

Three cases were registered by the NAB against Sharif, his children and in the court on September 8.

Sharif in a brief interaction with the media said he was being victimised in the name of accountability.

"They (opponents) want to punish Nawaz (Sharif) but they do not have any evidence. That is why supplementary cases are being filed. But they will fail as people of are with us," he said.

Sharif also took a swipe at courts for failing to bring back to the country former Pervez Musharraf, who is living in by dodging several cases against him.

The political future of Sharif, who leads the country's most powerful political family and the ruling PML-N party, has been hanging in balance since then. If convicted, Sharif can be jailed

Sharif's family alleges that the cases are politically motivated.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 13:00 IST
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