Nawaz Sharif, Maryam allowed to leave for London

Pakistan       by Mahmood Idrees | Published

Pakistan by Mahmood Idrees | Published

Sharif said that he wanted to go to London to visit his ailing wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, who is London for cancer treatment. Maryam stated that she would present herself in court whenever there is a hearing, however, if she has to leave the country in case of an emergency, the court should allow her representative - Jahangir Jadoon - to appear in court on her behalf.

Judge of the Accountability Court Islamabad Muhammad Bashir heard the case.

The court has summoned four another witnesses to record their statement.

When Sharif's lawyer, Khawaja Haris, was given the floor to cross-question the first witness, he observed that the audit reports submitted by the SECP to NAB were photocopies and did not have the company's stamp on them.

Ahmad has been called to appear in court again in Nov 22 for cross-questioning in the next hearing of the case.

The NAB deputy prosecutor urged the court to declare Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz as proclaimed offenders as the process of ensuring their presence has been completed.

As the accountability court on Wednesday formally initiated trial proceedings against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law MNA Capt (r) Safdar in three graft references filed against the Sharif family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), it approved the plea of Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz seeking exemption from personal appearance during court hearings.

"We will take this struggle to its final destination", Nawaz Sharif said while holding informal talks with media when asked to comment on Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran having secured bail in various Cases.

In late July the Supreme Court sacked Sharif following an investigation into corruption allegations against his family, making him the 15th premier in Pakistan's 70-year history to be ousted before completing a full term.

Rejecting the charges in the three references and pleading not guilty, as his representative had done earlier, Nawaz said in court that he was denied the right to a fair trial and his basic rights were not protected.

Orders have also been given to confiscate their shares in six companies.

Nawaz, along with Maryam and Safdar had earlier reached Islamabad from Lahore. The judge also provided a copy of the reference - spread over 53 volumes - to Maryam and Safdar.

Its Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family's Avenfield apartments in London and another against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income.

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