Pak court resumes hearing in Sharif case

Accountability court resumes hearing corruption reference against Nawaz Sharif

References against Sharifs: Details of amounts released from Nawaz accounts produced before AC ISLAMABAD: An Accountability Court (AC) Tuesday adjourned hearing in three corruption references against the Sharif family after two prosecution witnesses recorded their statements in Avenfield and Flagship investment references.

Nawaz Sharif's lawyer Ayesha Hamid expressed reservations over the documents presented by bank officer Noreen Shahzad, stating that the submitter's name was not among the witnesses and that she has failed to provide authority letter from the bank.

The defence lawyer asserted that the documents submitted by Shahzad could not be made part of the case.

The court also heard NAB's plea to include documents provided by Noreen Shahzad - who replaced Tayyab as branch manager - in the witness record.

Shahzad is a manager and Ahmed an employee of a private bank.

The judge then reserved his plea on Nawaz's counsel's objection.

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The hearing is under way.

The accountability court, hearing corruption references against Nawaz Sharif on Monday, granted him a week long exemption from hearing for a week but rejected Maryam's request for exemption from appearance earlier as she had already received such an exemption from November 15 to December 15, which was still intact, reports ANI. Tayyab also provided details of Sharif's and his sons' accounts in Euro and United Kingdom pounds. Due to their non-appearance in court, their trial has been separated and the two have been declared proclaimed offenders. The prosecution witness told the court that Nawaz Sharif gave Rs12 million cheque to his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, on June 13, 2015. Nawaz's exemption was approved from December 5-12 while Maryam's from Nov 15-Dec 15. The court will resume hearing into the reference and recording the statement of NAB witness after reaching to a decision on the matter. Meanwhile, talking to the media outside the court, Captain (R) Safdar said Nawaz Sharif had been disqualified for making Pakistan a nuclear power and now he was going to make this country an economic power. The judge also provided a copy of the reference - spread over 53 volumes - to Maryam and Safdar.

The anti-corruption watchdog has nominated Sharif and his two sons - Hasan and Hussain Nawaz - in two references regarding the Aziza Steel Mills, Hill Metals Establishment, and almost dozen other companies owned by the Sharif family.

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.

Ousted PM Sharif could face lifetime disqualification from holding a public office including the freezing of bank accounts, besides 14 years imprisonment on conviction in the references.

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