Accountability court to record statement of Nawaz Sharif-Maryam Nawaz

Evarado Alatorre
May 18, 2018

Fearing that Sharif's reamarks could damage the party and marr their electoral fortunes, many lawmakers of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) during a parliamentary committee meeting, complained to Nawaz Sharif's younger brother and party chief Shahbaz, also the Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab province.

According to PML-N sources, the prime minister took party lawmakers into confidence on the developments emerging after former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's statement about the Mumbai attacks which was blown up by the Indian media.

As the hearing went under way, Nawaz's counsel Khawaja Haris pleaded the court to delay the recording of statements until Monday as they need more time to go over the questions sent by court owing to some discrepancies. However, the prosecution raised his concern and said that the defence is wasting court's time.

Judge Mohammad Bashir handed over the questionnaire to the counsel for the Sharif family with a directive that the court would record their testimony tomorrow, Dawn newspaper reported.

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Former Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif along with daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar were charged in Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Avenfield Properties and Flagship Investment Limited reference cases in September a year ago by NAB following the Panama Papers verdict.

The proceedings of London flats reference have entered final phase as the accused have been directed to appear in the court on Friday to record their statements under the Section 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

Nawaz and sons Hussain and Hasan are accused in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Safdar are accused in the Avenfield reference only.

Later, on May 9, the trial court's second plea for a deadline extension was approved by the Supreme Court which gave a month to both sides to finish the corruption cases.

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