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Clubbing corruption references: Nawaz challenges NAB court's verdict in IHC

15 November 2017, 11:38 | Opal Carroll

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

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

Earlier, court reserved judgment on former prime minister plea seeking clubbing of all the three corruption references against him, after hearing arguments from both defence and prosecution counsels.

Maryam and Safdar had been indicted along with Sharif in a reference regarding the London properties on October 19.

Nawaz Sharif stated that he has to look after his ailing wife Kulsoom Nawaz in London; therefore, he should be granted the leniency for one week.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday submitted a compliance report before the Accountability Court on declaring Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz as proclaimed offenders.

Judge Mohammad Bashir had summoned two NAB witnesses today: Sidra Mansoor of Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and Jahangir Ahmed of Inland Revenue Department.

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.

Ahmad has been called to appear in court again on November 22 for cross-questioning in the next hearing of the case. Four witnesses have been summoned for the next hearing.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday challenged the accountability court's Nov 08 verdict, rejecting his request to conduct a single trial on all three references against him, in the Islamabad High Court (IHC). He hoped that their struggle would lead to logical conclusion.

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Strict security arrangements were observed inside and outside the judicial complex and the ruling party's workers were barred to enter the court premises.

State Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb and Railways Minister Saad Rafique, in separate brief media talks, aired their grievances against the "justice" being meted out to the former premier.

Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz, who are co-accused in three corruption cases against their father, were formally declared absconders after expiry of a month-long deadline set by the anti-corruption court for them.

To a question, he hoped the trial would be fair.

The three references related to the Sharif family's London flats, Flagship Investment Ltd and Al Azizia & Hill Metal Establishment.

In his plea, Sharif's lawyer had argued that the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case had not asked the NAB to file the references separately.

Orders have also been given to confiscate their shares in six companies. The judge also provided a copy of the reference - spread over 53 volumes - to Maryam and Safdar.



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