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Maryam’s counsel completes NAB official's cross-examination

Maryam’s counsel completes NAB official's cross-examination
April 24, 2018
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – An accountability court (AC) on Tuesday conducted hearing of mega corruption reference filed against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in line with the Supreme Court directive in the Panamagate case. The accountability court (AC) judge Muhammad Bashir resumed hearing of the Avenfield reference against the Sharif family. Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar will appear before the court amid tight security. In today’s proceedings, Amjad Pervaiz, the counsel of Maryam Nawaz completed cross examination of prosecution witness Zahir Shah. During the hearing the witness Zahir Shah said that he acquired a copy of Volume X of the JIT report through letter of Supreme Court registrar. He said that he did not share contents of volume with anyone but the investigation officer. Previously, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed three cases of corruption and money laundering against Sharif, his family members and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the Islamabad Accountability Court following the verdict. The anti-graft body NAB had frozen the bank accounts and seized properties of Sharif and his family members to put pressure on them to appear before the court. The Sharifs have denied any wrongdoing and have labeled the corruption proceedings against them as politically motivated. Two of Nawaz’s sons are also due to appear before the NAB court, along with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. Nawaz was disqualified by the Supreme Court in July for not declaring a source of income that he disputes receiving. Pakistan’s top court also ordered a wide-ranging NAB investigation and trial into Sharif family members. The Supreme Court specified that the trial be concluded within six months by NAB, which has in the past been derided as toothless because rich and powerful politicians were seldom convicted.