Islamabad (February 22, 2018): The accountability court hearing references against the former Prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Capt retd Safdar on Thursday reserved its verdict and adjourned its hearing for 1:30 PM.
The accountability court is hearing cases in two supplementary references filed by National Accountability Bureau in AL Azizia and Flagship Investment cases.The accountability court headed by judge Muhammad Bashir heared the NAB references against Nawaz Sharif and his family.
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As the hearing went underway today, Nawaz’s counsel Ayesha Hamid argued against the Al Azizia and Flagship supplementary references filed by NAB recently.
Hamid claimed that there is nothing new in the supplementary references.
She also pleaded the court to ask the monitoring judge of the case, Supreme Court Justice Ijazul Ahsan, to extend the six-month deadline, saying recording statements of 16 new witnesses will take time and should not be taken lightly. The NAB prosecutor opposed the plea after which the judge reserved his decision and may announce it when the hearing resumes at 1:30pm.
The counsel argued further that the court should excuse the accused from appearing again today. The judge then asked the counsel to submit a written request in this regard with reasons. The court will rule on the matter later today.
When the hearing resumes, the court will take up the supplementary Avenfield reference, wherein two new witnesses — forensic expert Robert Radley and solicitor Akhtar Raja — will record their statement via video-link from UK.
NAB Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi and the representatives of the accused will be present at the Pakistan High Commission in London, where the recording will take place and be transmitted live to the court here.
On Thursday morning, Nawaz Sharif left for Islamabad from his Jati Umra residence to appear before an accountability court in references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).On February 21, the Supreme Court of Pakistan had disqualified former Prime Minister and President of Pakistan Muslim League N, Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif for Party President-ship.
According to the details, the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan disqualified Nawaz Sharif as president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in the verdict regarding petitions against Election Act of 2017.
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The apex court elaborated that a person disqualified under Article 62, 63 of the Constitution can not head the party. Furthermore, as a result of the verdict, all decisions taken by Nawaz as PML-N’s president stand null and void.
While announcing the verdict, the apex court said that a person who doesn’t qualify on Article 62 and 63 of the constitution can also not hold the office of presidency of any political party.
“Ineligible person cannot hold the office of party presidency,” the court said. SC has also annulled all decisions made by Nawaz Sharif as the party head.It added that the tickets for Senate elections issued by him will now be cancelled. The ruling party will now have to re-announce its candidates for the Senate polls that were scheduled for next month.
After hearing the petitions against Election Act of 2017, Supreme Court had reserved its verdict to decide the political fate of Nawaz Sharif.
Earlier on February 15, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and Capt (retd) Safdar had appeared before the accountability court in Islamabad.
The former premier is accompanied by Maryam Nawaz, her husband Capt retd Safdar and other party leaders.
He left from Punjab House after consultations with the party leadership and was welcomed by a large number of party supporters at judicial complex chanting slogans in his favour. The NAB had filed a plea to place the names of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Capt (retd) Safdar on ECL while the Sharif family had also filed a plea seeking exemption of two weeks from the proceedings due to their visit to London to inquire health of ailing Kulsoom Nawaz.
Earlier, on Thursday morning former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz reached Islamabad from Lahore to appear before the accountability court. They arrived the capital city via a special plane from Lahore to Islamabad.
On Wednesday, Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) approved supplementary references to be filed in accountability court against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Al Azizia and Flagship references.
According to sources, new evidences against Nawaz Sharif, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz are part of interim references and details of new off shore companies of Hassan and Hussain are also part of it.The new evidences are made part of interim reference in Al Azizia case.
The sources further said that NAB would file both the interim references in accountability court today.