Hearing of NAB references against former PM Nawaz, family adjourns till Wednesday

Hearing of NAB references against former PM Nawaz, family adjourns till Wednesday

The accountability court on Wednesday formally started trial process of members of Sharif family in three corruption cases. Sharif said that he wanted to go to London to visit his ailing wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, who is London for cancer treatment.

The former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said the Courts had dual standards, adding they had been struggling against the double standards of Courts.

During today's hearing, two NAB witnesses recorded their statements and were cross-examined by the defence counsels.

The plea was filed by Nawaz Sharif and his sons, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz.

On the other hand, Nawaz and Maryam has filed a plea seeking exemption from appearance.

His counsel stated that Nawaz's pleader, Zafir Khan, will appear on the former premier's behalf during his absence.

She vented her anger on her official twitter account stating that Imran Khan's case was far more serious in terms of legal implications than Iqama joke and the nation was now waiting to see the decision in his case.

The second witness Federal Board of Revenue's (FBR) Jahangir Ahmad also appeared before the Court to record his statements. She informed the judge that the appeared before the NAB Lahore team on August 18 this year and provided the required documents.

During the hearing, Mansoor testified that she had provided NAB with the 2000-2005 audit report of Hudaibiya Paper Mills.

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After Mansoor recorded her statement and was cross-examined, the court recorded the statement of Ahmed, the witness in the Al Azizia reference.

The Supreme Court also assigned Justice Ijazul Ahsan a supervisory role to monitor the progress of the accountability court proceedings. Four witnesses have been summoned for the next hearing.

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.

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

Maryam and Safdar are only nominated in the London properties reference.

Nawaz, along with Maryam and Safdar had earlier reached Islamabad from Lahore.

The former premier's family has time and again rejected the allegations and told the court "all corruption charges are based on lies".

NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and the almost dozen companies owned by the Sharif family.

The April 2016 Panama Papers revealed that three of Sharif's children owned offshore assets not shown on his family's wealth statement, including luxury apartments in London.

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