Hearing of Avenfield reference against Sharif family to resume today

Former PM Nawaz and Maryam outside the accountability court in Islamabad

Former PM Nawaz and Maryam outside the accountability court in Islamabad

The accountability court in Islamabad will resume hearing the Avenfield Reference on Monday, filed against the members of Sharif family by the National Accountability Bureau.

However, Nawaz's son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar was present in court.

During today's hearing, Maryam Nawaz's lawyer Amjad Pervaiz will continue cross-examination of the head of Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) Wajid Zia, in the presence of co-accused Captain (r) Safdar.

After a short while, the hearing was adjourned until tomorrow.

As the hearing of the case started NAB court granted a one-day exemption to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz from appearance after their lawyer informed the court that their flight wasn't able to take off from Lahore due to inclement weather.

Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir, who has been conducting corruption proceedings against the Sharif family since September previous year, is presiding over the case.

On Wednesday, Nawaz's counsel Khawaja Harris concluded Zia's cross-examination in the Avenfield case.

After Haris concluded his cross-examination, Maryam's counsel began his cross-examination.

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

As many as three corruption references had been filed against the Sharif family, on the directives of the top court which pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties of London.

The two brothers, based overseas, have been absconding since the proceedings began previous year and were declared proclaimed offenders by the court.

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