Sharif challenges accountability court's decision

PML-N leaders met former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at Punjab House

PML-N leaders met former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at Punjab House

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday vowed to take struggle against what he said double standard of courts to logical end as he appeared before an accountability court which is hearing corruption cases against him.

Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been indicted in all three corruption references regarding Avenfield properties, Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment, while Maryam Nawaz and her husband Captain (r) Safdar were indicted in reference regarding Avenfield properties alone.

Both Sharif, 67, and Maryam filed separate applications for exemption from future court hearings.

As the trial began, the NAB prosecution presented its first two witnesses in court ─ Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) Joint Registrar Sidra Mansoor and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Inland Revenue Department representative, Jahangir Ahmad ─ both of whom recorded their statements.

NAB prosecutor also filed record and audit report of the Hudaibiya Papers Mills.

The counsels of Nawaz and his children, Khawaja Harris and Amjad Pervez, objected that the witness provided photocopies of documents which do not bear official seals and signatures of companies.

The next hearing of the case will take place on November 22, when four more prosecution witnesses have been summoned.

The petition pleads the IHC to direct the accountability court "to frame one charge and conduct a single trial" against the Sharif family in the three corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau.

In late July the Supreme Court 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.

During the hearing, Nawaz Sharif also submitted two pleas to the court.

She also posted the screen grabs of live TV transmission showing the remarks of Chief Justice of Pakistan that the top court was not in a hurry to announce a judgment in disqualification cases against Imran Khan and Jehangir Tareen.

Earlier, the court had issued perpetual warrants for Hussain and Hassan Nawaz's arrest and separated their trial from other members of the family. At an earlier hearing, the court also approved Maryam and Safdar's bail in the Avenfiled properties case and ordered them to submit surety bonds worth Rs5 million each.

The petition said the accountability court's order was based on a gross misreading of the "facts" on which it was purportedly based.

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.

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