ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar on Tuesday appeared in accountability court in connection with three corruption references filed against them by National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
During the hearing of Sharif’s plea to merge Avenfield properties, Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investments references in the light of Islamabad High Court (IHC) order, counsel Khawaja Harris argued that all three cases are of same defence and their witnesses are also same, therefore, it is requested to club them. However, the suggestion was abruptly opposed by NAB prosecutor.
Meanwhile, Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain (r) Safdar were allowed to leave the proceeding.
Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law arrived at NAB court in one car
Earlier on Friday, the court adjourned hearing of NAB references against Sharif family after one hour without any proceeding. Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain (r) Safdar also submitted two bonds worth Rs5 million in the court.
Talking to media, Nawaz Sharif said that he is being punished for eradicating terrorism and load shedding in the country. He continued that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari is abusing him to make someone else happy. He asserted that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) struggled for the freedom of judiciary.
The Supreme Court disqualified Sharif from office in July over unreported sources of annual income of about $10,000, a salary the former premier denies ever receiving. The high court also ordered the NAB to investigate and conduct a trial into the Sharif family’s wider finances, including the London properties.
Sharif maintains control of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, which elected close ally Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as prime minister after Sharif was disqualified.