Accountability court reserves verdict on Nawaz’s objections over supplementary references

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ISLAMABAD :– Accountability court on Thursday has reserved verdict on ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s objections over supplementary references filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar appeared in the court during which the former PM expressed reservations on the references.

Subsequently, the hearing has been adjourned till 1.30pm after which the verdicts in both supplementary references and exemption plea will be announced.

Nawaz has appeared in the court for 20 times, Maryam Nawaz for 22 times while Captain (r) Safdar has attended the hearings on 24 occasions.

It is to be mentioned here that Federal Investigation Agency’s Additional Director Wajid Zia along with original report constituted by Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was summoned in today’s hearing.

Previously, accountability court had rejected exemption from appearance plea submitted by ex-PM Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar.

Justice Mohammad Bashir read out the verdict and dismissed the petition, seeking exemption for two weeks from February 19 to meet Kulsoom Nawaz, who is undergoing medical treatment in London.

SC disqualified Sharif from office in July over unreported sources of annual income of about $10,000, a salary the former premier denies ever receiving. The high court also ordered the NAB to investigate and conduct a trial into the Sharif family’s wider finances, including the London properties.

Sharif has also been ousted from the presidency the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, which elected close ally Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as prime minister after Sharif was disqualified.

2018-02-22

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