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AC To Announce Avenfield Reference Verdict Tomorrow

Islamabad (July 05, 2018): The accountability Court hearing corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members to announce its reserved verdict of Avenfield Reference tomorrow.   

The decision was reserved on June 03, after the counsel of Maryam Nawaz, Amjad Pervez Malik completed his arguments in Avenfield Reference case.

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The corruption references, filed against the Sharifs, pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Limited, and Avenfield properties of London.

Nawaz and his 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.

The court originally had a deadline of six months which ended in mid-March but was extended for two months after the judge requested the apex court.Later, the deadline was extended twice more, with the new date falling somewhere around July 10 now.

Final Arguments:

Earlier, during the course of final arguments in the Avenfield reference, the counsel for Maryam Nawaz and the Sharif family claimed that forensic expert Robert William Radley was not an expert of fonts.

He claimed that Radley lacked expertise in fonts identification, adding that he did not have the qualification with regard to identification of fonts.Hearing of Avenfield Reference Underway in ACThe defence counsel argued that the case of the prosecution was that Calibri font was not commercially available when it was used in a document by Maryam. But, he added, the availability of the font was not disputed. He wondered why the services of a foreign expert were hired when such facilities were available in Pakistan.

He reiterated that the services of Radley were hired neither directly nor through the Foreign Office.

The counsel said two witnesses — JIT head Zia and his cousin Akhtar Riaz Raja of Quist Solicitor — had admitted before the court that Radley’s services could be hired directly or through the Foreign Office.

I am Not Dictator Who Will Run Away From Courts: Nawaz Sharif

Earlier on Wednesday, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that I want to hear the judgement in the case while standing in the courtroom. I am political leader of my nation and I will stand by with them in any circumstances.

Addressing crucial press conference in London, he said that he will love to stand in the court room, whether the decision is in favour or not.

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Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said that he is not a dictator who will run away from the courts.

“My wife has been on a ventilator since last 21 days,” adding, “I want to hear avenfield reference verdict in the court room.”

Nawaz said that he is facing one-sided investigations from July 2017 but the nation is standing with him. He announced to return as soon as Kulsoom Nawaz’s health improves.

The PML-N leader said that his wife underwent an operation yesterday, adding that he wants to speak to his wife before going to Pakistan.“The nation supports my respect for vote stance,” he said. Nawaz requested the courts to delay the verdict for few days.

The former prime minister said that the nation’s decision on July 25 will change the destiny of the country.

“The entire nation is aware of one-sided actions against me,” he said.

The ex-prime minister said he wants to hear the judgement in the case while standing in the courtroom where “I have endured more than 100 hearings with my daughter Maryam [Nawaz]”.

Sharif said Pakistan has had a history of verdicts remaining “unnecessarily”reserved for months, hence delaying the judgement of the Avenfield case for a few days “considering an extremely sensitive matter” would not violate any requisite of justice or law.

Earlier, talking to reporters in London, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday stated that she is ready to face imprisonment as price of the path she has taken.

Outspoken Maryam Nawaz—often pinned as Nawaz Sharif’s political heir-apparent—whole world is witnessing the injustice to which Sharif family is being being subjected.

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“We have appeared in over 100 hearings and will return to Pakistan before general elections 2018 for sure”, asserted Maryam while regretting biased trial of Panama Papers case.

On Kusloom’s health, Maryam informed reporters that Kulsoom Nawaz underwent an extensive surgery and it was expected that she would soon gain conscious.

The References

The trial against the Sharif family had commenced on September 14, 2017.

The corruption references, filed against the Sharifs, pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Limited, and Avenfield properties of London.

Nawaz and his 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.

The court originally had a deadline of six months which ended in mid-March but was extended for two months after the judge requested the apex court.

Later, the deadline was extended twice more, with the new date falling somewhere around July 10 now.

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