Accountability Court formally begins Sharif family’s trial

November 15, 2017
Samaa Web Desk

ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and her husband Captain (retd) Safdar arrived at the Accountability Court in connection with corruption cases filed against them by NAB.

As the hearing begun, NAB witnesses Sidra Mansoor of Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan recorded her statements in connection with Avenfield Properties Reference (London Properties).

The NAB prosecutor also filed record and audit report of the Hudaibiya Papers Mills. This report was cross examined by Nawaz Sharif’s counsel Khawaja Haris and Maryam Nawaz’s lawyer.

The court is expected to declare Nawaz’s sons as proclaimed offenders today as the two are not appearing before the court.

Also, Nawaz Sharif and Maryam filed an application in the court seeking exemption from personal appearance. Nawaz Sharif stated that he has look after his ailing wife in London; therefore, he should be granted the leniency.

They assured the court that they will turn up at hearing whenever summoned.

Meanwhile, the court adjourned hearing till Nov 22. Four witnesses have been summoned for the next hearing.

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed three corruption cases – Avenfield Properties, Alazizia Steel Mill, Flagship Investment reference – against Sharif family on the directives of Supreme Court of Pakistan in Panama case ruling.

The former premier and his sons, Hassan and Hussain, have been named in all three NAB references, while Maryam and husband Safdar have been named only in the Avenfield reference.

The same court has dismissed Nawaz's plea seeking the clubbing together of all the three references against him.

In an informal chat with the media persons outside the court, the former Prime Minister said there should be no double standards in dispensation of justice. He hoped that their struggle would lead to logical conclusion.

To a question he hoped the trial would be fair.

Talking to the media persons, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said that despite reservations, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is appearing before the courts. He said no allegation of corruption has been proven against Nawaz Sharif. - Samaa