Nawaz Sharif to appear before Accountability Court today

February 15, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The Accountability Court will resume hearing of corruption references against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family today (Thursday).

Complying with the Supreme Court's July 28 ruling in Panama Papers Case, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has filed three references — Al-Azizia, Flagship and Avenfield — against Nawaz, daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar.

The NAB also filed a corruption reference against the then-Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. The apex court granted six months to the NAB to complete its inquiry and submit the report. The deadline is just a couple of weeks ahead.

Nawaz Sharif’s daughter and son-in-law are named in the London properties reference, i.e. Avenfield reference. Hussain and Hasan Nawaz are accused in all three references. The two have been declared proclaimed offenders for not appearing before the court despite the repeated summons.

The court is expected to record statement of four witnesses in the Avenfield reference today.

In previous hearing, Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam filed a petition for immunity from appearing at the accountability court from two weeks after February 19. The court is expected to rule on their plea for exemption from appearance till March 5 as they have to fly to London to tend to ailing Kulsoom.

Earlier on Wednesday, the NAB suspected Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar may escape abroad to evade legal process hence, their names should be placed on the Exit Control List (ECL). The NAB also observed that the accused have not joined its investigations despite summons.

Meantime, NAB Rawalpindi had filed on Wednesday two supplementary references against Nawaz, Hussain and Hasan in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment and offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd cases.