Nawaz, daughter request exemption from court proceedings to visit Begum Kulsoom

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's sons Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz

The accountability court hearing three corruption cases against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family will announce shortly its decision on Nawaz and his daughter's request to be exempted from personal appearance.

"Summons of the accused have been also pasted on the walls of their house and court", he added.

The minister said there was no allegation or prove of corruption against Nawaz Sharif.

The plea was filed by Nawaz Sharif and his sons, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz.

Sharif, along with Maryam and son-in-law Safdar, arrived at the accountability court on Wednesday morning where a number of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz activists and federal ministers were gathered to show their support.

Judge Muhammad Bashir took up the Nawaz Sharif's plea seeking clubbing together of all three references, including Avenfield property, Flagship Investment and Azizia Steel Mills in light of Islamabad High Court (IHC) judgment to re-hear the case. 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 Mohammad Bashir had summoned two NAB witnesses today: Sidra Mansoor of Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and Jahangir Ahmed of Inland Revenue Department.

The Sharifs then exited the court, however, the hearing is now under way.

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.

Responding to a journalist's question inside the court about Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan's bail approval by the anti-terrorism court (ATC) yesterday, Nawaz said, "the courts have double standards".

Last week, the ousted prime minister was indicted separately in each of the three references. The court on October 9 separated the trial of Hassan and Hussain and also ordered to initiate the process of declaring them proclaimed offenders.

A five-member bench of the Supreme Court on July 28 had directed NAB to file references against Nawaz and his children in six weeks in the accountability court and directed the trial court to decide the references within six months.

According to evidence submitted by the National Accountability Bureau, Sharif family owns four posh London apartments, two steel mills in Saudi Arabia and several offshore companies in the United Kingdom.



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