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Al-Azizia reference: Nawaz Sharif answers 45 out of 50 queries

ISLAMABAD (Muslim Times) – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Nawaz Sharif has recorded his statement in Al-Azizia reference under Section 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

During the hearing headed by Justice Muhammad Arshad Malik, ex-prime minister said that he didn’t hold any public office from October 12, 1999 to May 2013 and that he submitted the wealth tax returns by himself.

Nawaz has answered 45 out of 50 queries and requested the court to allow him to record statement in remaining five questions after consultation with his lawyer Khawaja Haris. He also refused to respond to the question related to his son Hussain Nawaz’s tax returns.

Previously, the judge had remarked that accountability court would inform apex court about the progress in remaining two corruption references against the Sharif family.

As the hearing went underway, defence lawyer Khawaja Haris cross-examined investigation officer Muhammad Kamran who said that call up notices had not been served to Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz (sons of Nawaz Sharif) on their foreign address.

“Through the report of joint investigation team, I came to know that Hassan and Hussain Nawaz were non-residential citizens of Pakistan”, added Muhamamd Kamran.

It is worth mentioning here that the cases against Nawaz family stemmed from the Panama Papers leak that disclosed expensive and undeclared property allegedly owned by them in London.

Former PM Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain Safdar were convicted and sentenced to prison for ten years, seven years and one year respectively in Avenfield verdict.

However, the convictions were suspended by Islamabad High Court and they were released from Adiala jail till final decision.

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