Islamabad (Staff Report): Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Friday that former president Asif Ali Zardari has been abusing him (Nawaz) to “please someone”.

Talking to the media outside the accountability court, Nawaz spoke out against his political rival, co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari for assailing him, saying Zardari has been abusing him to “please someone”.

Sharif said he was being punished for putting the country on the road of development, eliminating terrorism and loadshedding.

It is the tenure of PML-N when Pakistan’s reserves witnessed growth.

Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Capt Safdar (retd) on Friday appeared before the Accountability Court (AC) in three graft references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against Sharif family.

The court adjourned the hearing and will resume the hearing of references till November 7.

The former premier appeared before the court after being absent from several previous hearings as he was in London tending to his wife, Kulsoom, who is undergoing treatment for lymphoma in London.

Nawaz is going to appear before Accountability Court following his indictment in the Avenfield properties and Azizia Steel Mills reference on October 19, and the Flagship reference on October 20.

On October 26, the court had issued bailable warrants for Nawaz 's arrest. Nawaz Sharif returned to the country on Thursday and was served the court summons by a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team.