Pak ex-PM attends court in anti-corruption trial

Pak ex-PM attends court in anti-corruption trial

Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif attended an anti-corruption trial on Friday, ordered by the country's Supreme Court.

Sharif, 67, arrived at the court with his daughter, Maryam, who is also on trial over the family's wealth and financial dealings.

The family has called the case a political conspiracy but opposition leaders who pushed it before the courts have hailed it as accountability for the rich and powerful.

The charges in the National Accountability Bureau court are linked to London properties the family owns that were revealed in the 2016 Panama Papers leaks involving offshore companies owned by prominent international figures.

The Supreme Court disqualified Sharif from office in July over unreported sources of annual income of about $10,000, a salary the former premier denies ever receiving.

Sharif maintains control of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party, which elected close ally Shahid Khaqi Abbasi as prime minister after Sharif was disqualified.

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