Nawaz’s name not mentioned in documents, Haris tells Court

Tariq Ullah Wardag
ISLAMABAD: Nawaz Sharif’s counsel Khawaja Haris Friday remarked that prosecution has failed to establish its case against former prime minister as his client’s name was not mentioned in documents submitted by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Avenfield property reference.
Only an affidavit of Sherry Naqvi was related to Avenfield property amongst a total of eighty documents submitted by prosecution side, he said, adding that Nawaz Sharif has no connection with London flats.
Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir resumed hearing of Avenfield property reference filed by National Accountability Bureau. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz couldn’t appear before court due to exemption from hearing.
As the hearing began, the defense counsel Khawaja Haris continued his closing arguments in reference on fourth day.
He stated that former prime minister was not the beneficial owner of London flats, saying that the prosecution has failed to establish its case. He said there was no name of Avenfield property in even charge sheet against his client. The miscellaneous applications, Tariq Shafi’s statement and MLAs of UAE, on which the prosecution was depending, also didn’t mention the name of Nawaz Sharif, he further added.
Haris said there was no need to present anything in defense of his clients as the prosecution itself has failed to establish the case.
The prosecution didn’t bring on record the miscellaneous applications of Nawaz Sharif submitted to the Supreme Court, he said.
He further stated that the matter of trust deed was only between Hussain and Maryam Nawaz, adding that this trust deed has also no connection with former prime minister.
The court, later, adjourned hearing of the case till Monday. The defense counsel would continue his final arguments in Avenfield property reference on next hearing.

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