Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

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

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

Although on previous date of hearing, Accountability Court Judge Mohammad Bashir exempted Nawaz Sharif and other accused, Maryam Nawaz and Capt (retd) Safdar, for Tuesday as the court was to take up the issue of clubbing of the references issue but Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt Safdar appeared before the court and spent well over couple of hours hearing his counsel giving arguments in support of clubbing the three references. Sharif said that he wanted to go to London to visit his ailing wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, who is London for cancer treatment.

Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir is expected to rule on both these applications within a day.

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

During today's hearing, two NAB witnesses recorded their statements and were cross-examined by the defence counsels.

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

Meanwhile, Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz filed two separate petitions in the Court seeking immunity from appearances before the NAB Court. His pleader, Zafir Khan, will appear on Sharif's behalf during his absence. However, she requested the court allow Jahangir Jadoon to represent her in court in case she had to leave the country in case of an emergency.

The decision on both requests was reserved and stated to be announced around 1pm.

Following the recording of the statement, Mansoor was cross-examined. She informed the judge that the appeared before the NAB Lahore team on August 18 this year and provided the required documents.

When Sharif's lawyer, Khawaja Haris, was given the floor to cross-question the first witness, he observed that the audit reports submitted by the SECP to NAB were photocopies and did not have the company's stamp on them.

After Mansoor recorded her statement and was cross-examined, the court recorded the statement of Ahmed, the witness in the Al Azizia reference.

During Wednesday's court proceedings, Jahangir Ahmed of Inland Revenue Department also recorded his statement and submitted the Sharif family's income tax returns to the court.

In her application, Maryam said that she will attend the hearing whenever the court will summon her.

"These courts have double standards". "We are waging a struggle against courts' double standards, and would take this struggle to a logical end", said he.

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

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

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