ISLAMABAD (Muslim Times) – Ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif along with his daughter Maryam Nawaz appeared in accountability court in National Accountability Bureau (NAB) supplementary references over Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment cases.
During the hearing headed by Justice Mohammad Bashir, five witnesses of prosecution will record their statements while defence lawyer Khawaja Harris will cross-examine them.
Previously, Nawaz Sharif was permitted to leave the court proceedings due to his bad health while prosecution witness Wajid Zia, former head of the Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT), recorded his statement in the presence of Maryam Nawaz and Captain (r) Safdar.
Wajid Zia submitted record in three boxes and requested the court to make JIT report as part of the proceedings. Maryam Nawaz’s lawyer challenged the appeal, saying that no law allows to include suggestions of investigation team as record.
Afterwards, the court decided to not make the report as part of the record.
Earlier, a three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) had given another two months to the accountability court to conclude hearing of references against Sharif family.
The apex court had given six-month deadline to the NAB court to complete the trial which will expire on March 13.
The deadline was extended after the accountability court requested the top court to extend time period for the ongoing trials, arguing that they cannot be concluded within the six-month time.
On the other hand, the ministry of law had also assured SC to extend the tenure of accountability court Judge Mohammad Bashir, who is hearing the NAB references against Sharif family.
Responding to the notice taken by the apex court earlier today, law secretary Chaudhry Nazeer Ahmed said that the extension will be done before March 12, over which, the court ordered to inform about the development in the case on March 10.
SC 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 was also ousted from the presidency of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, which elected close ally Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as prime minister after Sharif was disqualified.