Interior Minister takes notice of misconduct at the Accountability Court

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal took the notice of misconduct at the Accountability Court in Islamabad and sought report from the Secretary Interior, state media reported on Friday.

The Interior Minister condemned the incident and said that no compromise could be made on the respect of the courts. He said that security of the court will be ensured at all costs. He said the passes are issued in limited number according to the capacity of the court rooms.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said the lawyers involved in the strife and taking law into their hands cannot be the protectors of law. A commotion by members of the legal fraternity forced the accountability court judge hearing corruption cases against the Sharif family to adjourn Friday’s proceedings minutes after they began.

The hearing has been adjourned until October 19 and it is expected former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar will be indicted then. With strict security arrangements in place, police barred non-essential personnel, including lawyers, from entering the complex.  This led to a scuffle with the police, which resulted in the injury of at least one lawyer. As the hearing went under way, the lawyers began protesting inside the court.