NAB references: Nawaz, Maryam granted exemption from appearance

NAB references: Nawaz, Maryam granted exemption from appearance

Raising objections, the counsels of Nawaz and his children, Khawaja Harris and Amjad Pervez stated that the witness had provided photocopies with missing official seals and signatures of companies.

Sharif along with his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband Muhammad Safdar left the court hours before the judge announced the verdict. Sharif said that he wanted to go to London to visit his ailing wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, who is London for cancer treatment.

Maryam sought exemption for a month during which her representative will attend all hearings.

He further told the court that details of Hussain Nawaz's four bank accounts had also been received in which 4272 euros, $3992, £207 and '382, 000 were reflected.

The accountability court had also summoned two prosecution witnesses Sidra Mansoor of Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and Jahangir Ahmad of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to appear in the court to record their statements.

She added that she provided NAB with the 2000-2005 audit report of Hudabiya Paper Mills.

The accountability court resumed on Wednesday hearing against the deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and Captain (retd) Safdar, regarding three corruption cases filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The court began proceedings against the three accused even though the Islamabad High Court (IHC) admitted Sharif's petition challenging the accountability court's refusal to club three separate references against him and fixed Nov 20 as the date for the next hearing.

In an informal chat with media persons outside the court, the former Prime Minister said there should be no double standards in dispensation of justice.

Rejecting the charges in the three references and pleading not guilty, as his representative had done earlier, Nawaz said in court that he was denied the right to a fair trial and his basic rights were not protected.

The minister said there was no allegation or prove of corruption against Nawaz Sharif.

The petitioner has also requested the IHC to take up the plea as soon as possible and dismiss the trial court's order. The three references against the Sharif family are related to the Flagship Investment Ltd, the Avenfield (London) properties and Jeddah-based Al-Azizia Company and Hill Metal Establishment.

Its Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family's Avenfield apartments in London and another against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income.