NAB references: Nawaz, Maryam granted exemption from appearance

Cheryl Sanders
November 15, 2017

Sharif said that he wanted to go to London to visit his ailing wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, who is London for cancer treatment. The duo nominated Jahangir Jadoon as Maryam's representative in her absence.

Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir is expected to rule on both these applications within a day.

The accountability court had also summoned two prosecution witnesses Sidra Mansoor of Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and Jahangir Ahmad of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to appear in the court to record their statements.

She further said that an audit report of Hudaibiya Paper Mills for the duration of 2000-2005 was submitted to the NAB.

The hearing was then adjourned until November 22, when four more prosecution witnesses have been summoned.

Earlier, the court had issued perpetual warrants for Mr Hussain and Hassan Nawaz's arrest and separated their trial from other members of the family.

The accountability court resumed on Wednesday hearing against the deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and Captain (retd) Safdar, regarding three corruption cases filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). "We are striving against these double standards and will take this struggle to its logical end".

A number of workers and leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz were present inside and outside the court premises to welcome the party president.

On November 8, the court had formally indicted Sharif in three references as he was earlier indicted on October 19 and 20 in presence of his legal representative Zaafir Khan.

Also on Tuesday, the bench had rejected a miscellaneous application of the former prime minister seeking to restrain the trial court from proceeding in the NAB references until his application is decided.

She said no allegation of corruption has been proven against Nawaz Sharif.

To a question, he hoped the trial would be fair.

Supreme Court of Pakistan ousted the former premier from the office on July 28 in Panama Papers case.

The anti-graft body was given six weeks, from the date of the apex court's order, to file the reference in an accountability court while the accountability court was granted six months to wrap up the proceedings. The three references against the Sharif family are related to the Flagship Investment Ltd, the Avenfield (London) properties and Jeddah-based Al-Azizia Company and Hill Metal Establishment.

Safdar was also directed to take the court's permission before leaving the country from now on.

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