Accountability court to hear Avenfield reference against Sharif family today | Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court will hear the Avenfield reference against the Sharif family on Thursday.

Nawaz and his family are facing three corruption cases in the accountability court after the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed references against them in light of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Panama Papers case.

Judge Muhammad Bashir who is presiding over the case will hear the final arguments from Maryam Nawaz’s lawyer Amjad Pervaiz. 

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam were earlier given an exemption from appearing in court today. 

Nawaz, Maryam leave for airport

Nawaz and Maryam left from the former premier’s Jati Umra for the airport on Thursday morning. They will fly to London today to visit Nawaz’s ailing wife Begum Kulsoom. 

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam pictured while emerging from his car in Lahore here on June 14, 2018. Photo: Geo News screen grab   

On Sunday, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had remarked that the former premier along with his daughter could visit his ailing wife Begum Kulsoom Nawaz in London. 

Chief Justice Nisar had also directed an accountability court to announce its verdict on all three corruption references against Nawaz and his family within a month. 

The cases

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 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. 

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