Accountability court to hear NAB references against Nawaz, Others today

Former PM Nawaz Sharif speaking to the media Nov 22 2017

Former PM Nawaz Sharif speaking to the media Nov 22 2017

Sharif, 67, was re-elected as the chief of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in October after he stepped down as the president of his party following a decision by the Supreme Court on July 28 to disqualify him as prime minister in the Panama Papers case.

During the last hearing, the court had recorded NAB witnesses, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan Joint Registrar Sidra Mansoor and Federal Board of Revenue Inland Revenue Department representative Jahangir Ahmad.

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.

Tar said replies submitted to the court were not taken into consideration by it. She asked the court to exempt her appearance from December 5 to January 5 next year.

He said "dictator's black laws were rejected on the floor of the house yesterday", referring to the rejection in the National Assembly of the Elections Amendment Bill 2017, which sought to restrict disqualified parliamentarians from heading a political party.

Speaking to the media after attending the proceedings, Sharif came down hard on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and the Opposition Pakistan Peoples Party. The government and its allies have a total of 220 MNAs - 188 from the ruling PML-N, 13 from the JUI-F and three from the PkMAP. "The party's action has made me question their democratic credentials".

He commented on Imran Khan that the PTI chairman unconsciously sided with the former prime minister by not voting in opposition bill. "The standard of justice applies differently to us than others".

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