But you see, the Sharif family was discovered to be knee-deep in corruption and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has three corruption cases filed against them. The references filed are related to the Sharif family’s property in London and their two steel mills in Saudi Arabia. Since the filing has been completed, NAB can frame charges of corruption against the accused, thus the Sharif family should be in the country, rather than out of the country.
Normally, under NAB rules and regulations, if the convicted party fails to show up, Section 31A can be invoked. Section 31A states imprisonment for three years if an individual or party does not comply with the NAB or not show up when summoned. Thus, they should not be taken lightly. But, unfortunately, no such action can be taken against the Sharif family since the Supreme Court had previously set such a punishment aside in case of absentia. Thus, it is evident that the Sharif family pre-planned their trips to London and will skip all accountability court proceedings. They stated that till a verdict on the review petitions challenging the SC is not filed and decided, they will not feel obligated to attend the proceedings. So far, they have skipped two court proceedings. Judge Muhammad Bashir reissued summons which will bid the Sharif family to appear in court on September 26, 2017. Only time will tell whether the Sharif family will attend this or not. I personally feel they will not because they seem adamant about wanting to avoid the aforementioned accountability cases pending against them.After hearing three corruption references filed against them on the orders of the apex court, Maryam Nawaz has brazenly stated that her father won’t appear before the accountability court.