Witness told NAB court: Maryam received millions of Rupees from Hill Metal

Tariq Ullah Wardak

ISLAMABAD: The accountability court (AC) has on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of mega corruption references filed against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in line with the Supreme Court directive in the Panamagate case.

The accountability court (AC) judge Muhammad Bashir heard the three corruption references against the Nawaz Sharif and his sons and daughter.

During the proceedings, Yasir Bashir and Shakil Anjum Nagra recorded their statements in Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Avenfield properties references.

The local bank manager Yasir Bashir presented bank statement of the former premier from February 12, 2010 to June 30, 2017 and bank account details of Maryam Nawaz in the court.

The witness said that Rs 5.71 billion were transferred to Maryam Nawaz’s account from Hill Metal Company’s Jeddah account.

After completing the arguments the court allowed Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and his son-in-law Cpt (r) Safdar to go.

Khawaja Harris, the counsel of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif cross-examined the witnesses.

The details of sealed letter sent by Qatari prince Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim to Wajid Zia has been presented before the Accountability Court (AC) during the course of hearing of references against Sharif family.

While filing the details of sealed envelope director foreign ministry Afaq Ahmad told the court that Abdul Hamid Abdul Rashid secretary to Qatari prince came up to Pakistan embassy in Doha on May, 28, 2017 and handed over sealed letter written by Qatari prince to embassy. Pa-kistan embassy sent this letter to Wajid Zia on May, 30.

JIT sent a letter to foreign secretary on May 31 and I was summoned, he said adding I appeared before JIT on June, 01 under the directives of foreign secretary and recorded my statement.

Khawaja Haris the legal advisor to Sharif family raised objection over the documents presented therein that letter was written to foreign ministry and not that witness.

The representative of foreign ministry told the court no one has opened sealed envelope of Qatari prince.

The court adjourned the hearing until January 03 and summoned three more witnesses.