Pakistan: Hundreds rally in support of Maryam Nawaz ahead of Islamabad court hearing

Hundreds of supporters of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Vice President, and daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, turned out to demonstrate their support as she attended a hearing at Islamabad's High Court on Tuesday. Nawaz supporters were seen gathering in large numbers at Murree Road, where a procession towards the court in Islamabad started. Attendees welcoming the PML-N Vice President were seen chanting, dancing and throwing flowers to the vehicle transporting Nawaz. The politician was appearing in court as part of her appeal against her 2018 conviction for corruption in connection with the Panama Papers, which saw her sentenced to seven years in prison, while her father was removed from office as prime minister and given a permanent ban from public office as well as a ten year prison sentence. Maryam's appeal was subsequently delayed until September 23, while court set a final September 10 deadline for her father to return to Pakistan for his appeal hearing on further corruption allegations. Sharif was granted bail on medical grounds late last year and has been in London since November 2019, after being given permission to seek treatment abroad for four weeks. The Pakistani government has already sent an extradition request for Sharif to the UK but his doctors have reportedly said that it would be too dangerous for the former leader to travel amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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