Nawaz and Maryam

Avenfield properties case: Nawaz, Maryam’s appearance exemption request submitted in NAB court

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The accountability court hearing corruption references against Sharif has resumed proceedings on Tuesday in the Avendfield properties case.

The lawyer of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, submitted an appearance exemption request in accountability court as the former premier and his daughter, who are in London to tend to Begum Kulsoom, have sought a seven-day exemption from appearing before an accountability court.

In today’s hearing, Nawaz’s former counsel Khawaja Harris appeared before the court.

Harris further asked the court how it plans on taking the cases forward. “We need to coordinate with each other and should try our best to not pull each other’s legs,” he added.

Khawaja Harris questioned that there is a law for everything. The Supreme Court asked us to work on Saturdays as well and under what law does that fall?

Similarly, Nawaz’s newly-appointed counsel Jahangir Jadoon told court, “People are asking why the NAB court is not announcing a judgment.

Meanwhile, the court has summoned Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head and prosecution’s star witness Wajid Zia today in regards to the Al-Azizia reference.

Further, the counsel of Maryam Nawaz, Amjad Pervaiz, has also been summoned to present his final arguments.

Earlier on June 14, the disqualified prime minister Nawaz Sharif hired Jahangir Jadoon to represent him in the NAB references after Khawaja Haris recused himself from the case on June 11.

Nawaz Sharif and his family are facing three corruption cases in the accountability court after the National Accountability Bureau (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.


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