Nawaz, Maryam Seek Exemption from Appearance for One Week

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Islamabad (November 15, 2017): Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz filed application in the accountability court seeking exemption from personal appearance for one week starting from Nov 20, 2017.

Counsels of Nawaz ccountability court is conducting proceedings against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family in the three corruption cases lodged against them.

Nawaz and his family are facing three corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case.

Nawaz and his two sons, Hussain and Hasan, are nominated in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and her husband MNA Capt (retd) Safdar are only accused in one.

Nawaz, who reached Islamabad earlier from Lahore, arrived at the court from Punjab House along with Maryam and Safdar.

During today hearing NAB witness Sidra Mansoor of SECO recorded her statement in the court. She informed the judge that the appeared before the NAB Lahore team on August 18 this year and provided the required documents.

She added that she provided NAB with the 2000-2005 audit report of Hudabiya Paper Mills.

The counsels of Nawaz and his children, Khawaja Harris and Amjad Pervez, objected that the witness has provided photocopies which do not bear official seals and signatures of companies.

Later, Nawaz submitted an exemption from appearance request, from November 20 for a week, owing to the ongoing medical treatment of his wife Kulsoom in London.

His counsel stated that Nawaz’s pleader, Zafir Khan, will appear on the former premier’s behalf during his absence.

Maryam also submitted an exemption request, stating her pleader Jahangir Jadoon will appear on her behalf.

After that the judge allowed Nawaz and Maryam to leave the court.

Earlier, the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (Retd) Safder appeared before the accountability court hearing hearing corruption cases against them.

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A large numbers of PML-N leaders and workers were present outside Judicial Complex to show solidarity with their leaders.Nawaz and his family are facing three corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in light of the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Panama Papers case. Nawaz and his two sons, Hussain and Hasan, are nominated in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and her husband are only accused in one..NAB’s witnesses Sidra Mansoor of Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and Jahangir Khan of Inland Revenue Department appeared before the court and record their statements.With regards to Nawaz’s sons, the court has separated their trial as they have been a constant no-show in court. They are expected to be declared proclaimed offenders today.

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