Nawaz Sharif "should not be a part of political and personal victimisation in the garb of accountability" nor should he appear before accountability courts, his daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Maryam was responding to a tweet from journalist Iftikhar Ahmed, who asked: "Will Nawaz Sharif appear before NAB [National Accountability Bureau] court?"

"He should not. Must not [...] It's a FARCE," Maryam responded.

An accountability court had summoned former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his children Maryam, Hussain and Hassan Nawaz, son-in-law retired Captain Mohammad Safdar and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Tuesday in connection with three references, filed on the directions of the Supreme Court.

However, none of the respondents appeared before the accountability court. PML-N leader Asif Kirmani, who appeared on the Sharifs' behalf, said that the family was not present as they had all gone to be with Kulsoom Nawaz who is recovering from surgery.

Kirmani also told the court that Kulsoom is scheduled to undergo another surgery in the next couple of days, therefore an exact date for the family's return cannot be ascertained.

The court then issued another summons for Sharif and the others to appear on Sept 26. Sources close to the family continue to claim that they will continue to skip all proceedings of the court.


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