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Accountability court resumes hearing against Sharifs

15 November 2017, 11:37 | Erica Roy

Court reserves verdict on Nawaz, Maryam exemption pleas as hearing adjourned till Nov 22

Pakistan accountability court inches towards indicting Sharif's sons

Khawaja Haris, Counsel of former Prime Minister cross examined two prosecution witnesses today.

Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and retired Capt. Muhammad Safdar appeared before the court.

Nawaz Sharif stated that he has to look after his ailing wife Kulsoom Nawaz in London; therefore, he should be granted the leniency for one week.

Maryam also submitted an exemption request, stating her pleader Jahangir Jadoon will appear on her behalf.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday submitted a compliance report before the Accountability Court on declaring Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz as proclaimed offenders.

FBR's Jahangir Ahmad also recorded his witness statement and said that all tax records that NAB had provided to the court were given to the accountability body by his office.

The case was adjourned till November 22. Four witnesses have been summoned for the next hearing.

The former premier and his sons, Hassan and Hussain, have been named in all three NAB references, while Maryam and husband Safdar have been named only in the Avenfield reference.


Two prosecution witness statements were recorded against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired captain Muhammad Safdar in an accountability court as a trial pertaining to three National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references against them went underway on Wednesday.

"We will take this struggle to its final destination", Nawaz Sharif said while holding informal talks with media when asked to comment on Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran having secured bail in various Cases.

Strict security arrangements were observed inside and outside the judicial complex and the ruling party's workers were barred to enter the court premises.

Rejecting the charges in the three references and pleading not guilty, as his representative had done earlier, Nawaz said in court that he was denied the right to a fair trial and his basic rights were not protected.

The anti-graft body was given six weeks, from the date of the apex court's order, to file the reference in an accountability court while the accountability court was granted six months to wrap up the proceedings.

According to the Dawn, Sharif's lawyer Azam Tar said the court took the decision in a hurry.

It was the 12th hearing of Avenfield properties and Azizia Steel Mills references and 13th hearing of the Flagship Investment reference.

The April 2016 Panama Papers revealed that three of Sharif's children owned offshore assets not shown on his family's wealth statement, including luxury apartments in London.



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