Pak Cabinet okays open trial of Sharif in remaining two graft cases

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Islamabad: Pakistan’s caretaker government today approved the open trial of jailed premier Nawaz Sharif in the remaining two graft cases against him, withdrawing an earlier notification about his jail trial.

Sharif, 68, along with his daughter Maryam, 44 and his son-in-law Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar are serving jail terms of 10-years, seven years and one year respectively in Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, after an accountability court convicted them on July 6 over the family’s ownership of four luxury flats in London.

The former prime minister has two more pending corruption cases — the Al-Azizia steel mills and Flagship — against him.

The Cabinet, led by interim Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk, approved the open trial of Sharif in the remaining two cases lodged against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

“It has been decided to let the accountability court hear the remaining two cases against Sharif to ensure his fair trial under Article 10 of the constitution,” law minister Ali Zafar told media after the Cabinet meeting.

After the arrest of Sharif and his daughter Maryam on July 13, the government had announced that the trial in the two pending cases would be held in jail. PTI