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Accountability Court grants exemption to unwell Nawaz Sharif

March 7, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Wednesday appeared before the Accountability Court of Islamabad along with Maryam Nawaz, his daughter in corruption reference. However, the two had to leave early as Nawaz was not feeling well. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court judge Muhammad Bashir is hearing Flagship Investment and Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption references...

ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Wednesday appeared before the Accountability Court of Islamabad along with Maryam Nawaz, his daughter in corruption reference. However, the two had to leave early as Nawaz was not feeling well.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court judge Muhammad Bashir is hearing Flagship Investment and Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family.

The former PM requested the court for exemption as he was under the weather. The court granted his plea and allowed him to leave early. However, Captain (rted.) Safdar is present in the courtroom.

After Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Safdar left from the Accountability Court, their counsel, Khawaja Harris talked to media, saying that his client sought the exemption during the previous hearing as well, as his condition was not good.

Three witnesses will get their statements recorded before the court today in Flagship reference. Six others also will get their statements recorded in Al-Azizia case.

Nawaz’s counsel will begin cross-questioning the nine witnesses of the prosecution once the process of recording statement finishes.

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

The NAB filed a corruption reference against the then-Finance Minister Ishaq Dar also. 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. –Samaa
 
 
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