Court adjourns hearing of NAB references against Sharif family till Dec 4

Dunya News

Khawaja Harris said that no statement can be recorded until decision of IHC comes.

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Accountability court on Tuesday has adjourned the hearing of Azizia Steel Mills, London flats and Flagship Investment references till December 4.

Ex-prime minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif along with his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar reappeared in the court during which, Sharif’s lawyer Khawaja Harris told that Islamabad High Court (IHC) has reserved its verdict on a plea seeking to merge all three National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references.

He continued that no statement can be recorded until decision of IHC comes after which, the court adjourned the hearing without any proceeding.

It is to be mentioned here that verdict over Sharif family’s petitions seeking to change exemption dates from December 5 to January 5, 2018 was due to be announced in today’s hearing while the witnesses of the prosecutor were also ready to record their statements.

Nawaz, Maryam refuse to talk to media

Nawaz Sharif refused to talk to media, saying that the judge doesn’t like when he talks to journalists. The former premier said that he has many things to tell but he will reveal them in a day or two.

Meanwhile, when reporters approached Maryam Nawaz to record her view, she also refused and said that she cannot talk to media when Mian Sahib is here as he will scold her.

In the previous hearing
, ousted premier and his family appeared in the court despite being granted exemption from personal appearance. Maryam Nawaz had submitted plea seeking to change exemption dates.

Nawaz Sharif is nominated suspect in references regarding Avenfield properties, Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment, while Maryam Nawaz and her husband Captain (r) Safdar are nominated in reference regarding Avenfield properties alone.

The former PM was indicted by the accountability court in the court on November 8 in all three corruption references separately. However, Nawaz denied all the charges pleading not guilty, saying that the proceeding was initiated on political basis.

In late July, the Supreme Court (SC) sacked Sharif following an investigation into corruption allegations against his family, making him the 15th premier in Pakistan’s 70-year history to be ousted before completing a full term.

The allegations against the prime minister stemmed from the Panama Papers leak last year, which sparked a media frenzy over the luxurious lifestyles and high-end London property portfolio owned by his family.