Avenfield properties case: Nawaz, family arrive at accountability court

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The disqualified prime minister Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar arrived at the accountability court on Thursday to attend the proceedings of the Avenfield properties case against them.

National Accountability court filed three references including the Avenfield properties reference against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family last year on the Supreme Court’s directives.

The accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir, will shortly begin the hearing of the case against the Sharif family.

During last hearing, Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris concluded the cross-examination of Wajid Zia, in the case.

Wajid Zia, the former head of Joint Investigation Team (JIT) which probed the Sharif family’s assets last year.

After Haris concluded his cross-examination yesterday, Maryam’s counsel Amjad Pervez took his place and will continue the cross-examination today.

NAB filed three corruption references, against the Sharif family including Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, 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.