Nawaz Sharif leaves for London to visit ailing wife

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 7, 2017

Former finance minister Ishaq Dar, who is in London owing to his medical treatment, met former prime minister Nawaz Sharif at his residence in London. Judge Bashir remarked in a lighter vein. Hamid asked, adding that Shahzad was not able to present an authority letter from her employer.

Hamid pleaded that the documents submitted by Shahzad can not be made part of the case.

The counsel said Shahzad's name was nowhere in the witnesses list of National Accountability Bureau (NAB), besides the prosecution did not notify the defence lawyer about addition of Noreen Shahzad as a witness. Hamid objected to the request, saying that since Shahzad's name was not on witness list, documents provided by her can not be counted as evidence.

The anti-graft body was given six weeks, from the date of the apex court's order, to file the reference in an accountability court while the accountability court was granted six months to wrap up the proceedings.

At the last hearing, NAB witness Malik Tayyab Ahmed on Wednesday testified against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members.

The accountability court, hearing corruption references against Nawaz Sharif on Monday, granted him a week long exemption from hearing for a week but rejected Maryam's request for exemption from appearance earlier as she had already received such an exemption from November 15 to December 15, which was still intact, reports ANI. In his absence, the PML-N chief will be represented by Advocate Zaafir Khan.

The prosecution witness also provided details of Sharif family's accounts in Euro and Pound Currencies.

Ahmed said Sharif had transferred £10 to his Pakistani currency account twice in 2016, adding, Hussain had transferred €1.1 million to Nawaz's account in 2010 and €40,000 in 2012.

Nawaz Sharif issued five cheques - of a total €900,000 - and transferred the amount to his Pakistani currency account on September 23, 2010.

Shahzad is a manager and Ahmed an employee of a private bank.

The hearing at the accountability court will resume after the decision is announced.

The judge then reserved his plea on Nawaz's counsel's objection. It is uncertain whether they will appear before the court when the proceedings resume.

NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and the almost dozen companies owned by the Sharif family.

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