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Avenfield case: Khawaja Haris resumes concluding arguments in case against Sharifs

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Khawaja Harris, counsel of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday resumed presenting concluding arguments in the Avenfield properties reference against the Sharif family.

During the hearing, Khawaja Harris informed the court that the Panama case joint investigation team (JIT) was formed as an investigative body and later the findings was referred to Supreme Court.

Judge Muhammad Bashir remarked that Haris should have objected to specific portions of the report instead of the overall document.

The hearing is under way.

Khawaja Haris resumed his role as Nawaz’s chief counsel on Tuesday after having recused himself earlier owing to the Supreme Court’s new one-month deadline.

Nawaz and Maryam were on Tuesday granted a four-day exemption from appearing in court. The former premier and his daughter are in London to tend to Nawaz’s wife Begum Kulsoom who is in a critical condition there.

Nawaz and his family are facing three corruption cases in the accountability court after NAB filed references against them in light of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Panama Papers case.

The corruption references, filed against the Sharifs, pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Limited, and Avenfield properties of London.

Nawaz and sons Hussain and Hasan are accused in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Safdar are accused in the Avenfield reference only.

The two brothers, based abroad, have been absconding since the proceedings began last year and were declared proclaimed offenders by the court.

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