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Witness told NAB court: Nawaz transferred £10 to his Pakistani currency account twice in 2016

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ISLAMABAD: Accountability Court hearing NAB reference against Sharif family adjourned hearing of the Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference till tomorrow.

The court heard the Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference on Wednesday.

Prosecution witness Malik Tayyab completed recording of his statement in the case.

Tayyab, who is associated with Standard Chartered Bank, shared the details of the ousted premier and his sons Hasan and Hussain Nawaz’s different bank accounts and the transactions carried out over the years.

According to Tayyab, Nawaz withdrew $2,200 on February 7, 2017.

The witness said that the PML-N leader transferred $600,000 to his Pakistani currency account between March 2017 to May 2017.

Tayyab also provided details of Nawaz and his sons’ accounts in Euro and Pound currencies. He said that Hussain had transferred £25,000 to Nawaz’s account in December 2010. In 2015, Tayyab said that Nawaz had transferred £25,000 to his Pakistani currency account. He further told the court that Nawaz had transferred £10 to his Pakistani currency account twice in 2016, at which Zaafir Khan raised an objection over the documents presented in court.

“You have an objection over a cheque of £10 as well?” Judge Bashir quipped, causing the court to chuckle.

Continuing with his statement about the Sharifs’ accounts in Euro, Tayyab told the court that Hussain had transferred €1.1 million to Nawaz’s account in 2010 and €40,000 in 2012.

Nawaz issued five cheques — a total of €900,000 — and transferred the amount to his Pakistani currency account on September 23, 2010. He added that the ousted premier withdrew €10 on April 30, 2010, at which the judge joked that Zaafir Khan must have received that cheque.

In April 2012, Nawaz transferred €210,000 to his Pakistani currency account and €190,000 in November 2015.

The hearing was adjourned till Thursday.

At the last hearing, Tayyab had provided details of the cheques issued to Maryam and others from the former premier’s bank account.

Tayyab had told the court that on June 13, 2015, a cheque worth Rs12 million was issued to Maryam. Another cheque worth Rs2-8.8m was issued to her later that year, on November 15.

On August 14, 2016, Nawaz issued another cheque worth Rs19.5m to his daughter, the witness told the court.

The court on Tuesday had also recorded statements from NAB Lahore officials Umer Daraz and Mukhtar, who were among those who delivered the NAB summons to Nawaz Sharif and his family members at Jati Umrah.

The ousted prime minister and his daughter had departed for London from Lahore airport on Tuesday morning after the former was granted a week-long exemption from appearing in court from Dec 5 to Dec 11 during Monday’s hearing.

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