JIT found no documents proving Nawaz as owner of Al-Azizia Steel Mills, says Wajid Zia

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ISLAMABAD: Head of Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and main witness of prosecution Wajid Zia has said that he did not found any evidence during investigation which can proved that former prime minister Sharif is the owner of Al-Azizia Steel Mills.

This he said on Thursday during the hearing of Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Nawaz Sharif’s counsel Khawaja Harris has started cross examination of Wajid Zia in the case against the Sharif family.

Zia told that according to the bank statement, Nawaz’s son Hussain Nawaz sent him an amount worth US$1.1 million as a ‘gift’ from July 5, 2010, to June 30, 2011 and adding that Nawaz should have declared the amount in the wealth statement for 2010-2011.

Zia, who is appearing before the court of accountability judge Muhammad Bashir, has already recorded his statement in both Avenfield and Al-Azizia references against the Sharif family.

The National Accountability Bureau has in total filed three references against the Sharif family in light of the Supreme Court’s orders in the Panama Papers case verdict of July 28.

The corruption references, filed against the Sharifs, pertain to the 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.

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