London (April 20. 2018): Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may not appear before the accountability court in Avenfield Reference today.
While talking to journalists outside the Harley Street Hospital, Nawaz Sharif said that his counsel submitted a plea in the NAB court seeking exemption from appearance on humanitarian grounds as his wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz was undergoing radiotherapy in London.The former premier said that he did not know either he would be granted exemption or not. He urged the nation to pray for her wife’s good health and for that of all patients in the world.
Nawaz Sharif said that Begum Kulsoom’s treatment was underway and six chemotherapy sessions had been done, however, the recently conducted positron emission tomography (PET) and gallium scan had pointed out cancer growth in the patient’s body. The Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) supremo said that the doctors had advised opting for radiotherapy, as Begum Kulsoom has already undergone surgeries.
“There were also a few other issues due to which she has had to be admitted to the hospital,” said the former premier.
Nawaz and his daughter Maryam had arrived in London on Wednesday night to visit the Begum Kulsoom. High Commissioner Syed Ibne Abbas welcomed the former premier at London’s Heathrow Airport.Begum Kulsoom has been critically ill and admitted to a hospital for the past few days, a family spokesperson had said.
Earlier on April 17, the counsel of Maryam Nawaz had concluded his cross examination of Wajid Zia in Avenfield Reference, Judge Muhammad Bashir adjourned the hearing of the case until April 20.
Maryam’s counsel Amjad Pervez resumed his cross-examination of Wajid Zia, an additional director at the Federal Investigation Agency who headed the Panama case joint investigation team (JIT) which probed the Sharif family’s assets last year.Zia informed the court today about the various correspondence of the JIT with regards to the London flats.
Later, Pervez concluded his cross-examination of the ‘star witness’.
During the hearing, the prosecution’s requested to submit as evidence three MLAs [mutual legal assistance] produced by Zia today was dismissed. Moreover, NAB filed another request in court today to submit the JIT’s correspondence with the British government. The court issued notices to the defence and sought replies.
Later, the hearing of the Avenfield case was adjourned until April 20 whereas Zia was summoned to record his statement in the Al Azizia Steel Mills reference on April 23.
Earlier, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz appeared before the accountability court in Avenfield Reference filed against sharif family
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Yesterday, the Accountability Court adjourned the proceeding of the case till today.
During hearing, Wajid Zia informed the court that none of the witnesses said that shares of Nelson and Nescol were with Maryam Nawaz, trust deed was fake, on that comment Amjad Pervez, counsel of Maryam Nawaz said that Wajid Zia is telling lie before the court. Court ordered Wajid Zia to present details regarding evidences
Amjad Pervez asked from Wajid Zia that when and under whose name shares of Nelson were issued? Zia replied that according to the documents shares where issued under name of Munarwa on July 4, 2006. He said Maryam Nawaz informed JIT that barrier shares were with her.Amjad pervez asked settler is Husain Nawaz according to the trust dead, Zia replied that statement of maryam and Husain nawaz contradicted each other in this regard.
JIT’s Wajid Zia said that word of “Beneficiary” was used for Husain Nawaz in Trust Deed, in this perspective, it’s a fake trust deed.Zia said that two other accused never said a single time that shares were under name of Maryam, Husain Nawaz said “I don’t Know” when he was asked about beneficial owner from 1994 to 1996, zia added.
Later, Judge Muhammad Bashir adjourned the hearing of the Avenfield case till tomorrow against the Sharif family.
NAB Acquires New Documents About Avenfield Properties:
NAB has acquired new documents from London which state that the Sharif family’s London apartments were transferred to the possession of offshore companies Nielson and Nescoll in 1993-1995.
According to NAB sources, the Avenfield properties were transferred to the offshore companies at the time when Nawaz Sharif’s children, Hussain and Hasan, were young and did not have any source of income.Therefore, they cannot be considered owners of the properties and thus the former premier was their real owner.
The Avenfield properties reference is among three cases filed against Nawaz and his family by NAB in 2017 on the Supreme Court’s directives.
In various statements, Nawaz has said the Avenfield properties were transferred in the name of the companies in 2005-2006 and that they belonged to his children.
The hearing of the Avenfield properties case is presently under way in the accountability court of Islamabad.
Background of The Cases:
The trial against the Sharif family had commenced on September 14, 2017.
NAB to file three supplementary references against Nawaz
The corruption references, filed against the Sharifs, pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties of London.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.
The two brothers, based abroad, have been absconding since the proceedings began last year and were declared proclaimed offenders by the court.