Avenfield reference: Nawaz is not owner of London flats, says Amjad

29 Jun, 2018 4:00 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Amjad Pervez, counsel of Maryam Nawaz, on Friday maintained that Nawaz neither owns London flats nor occupied them, saying that Sharif family may be associated with the property at some limit but Nawaz was never linked with the London flats.

Judge Muhammad Bashir is hearing the Avenfield case and Amjad Parvez is giving his concluding arguments.

The defence counsel argued that Nawaz neither owns the London flats nor occupied them since 1993. He added that the Sharif family may be associated with the property at some limit but Nawaz was never associated with the London flats.

The defence counsel presented prosecution witness Mazhar Raza Bangash’s letter, questioning its authenticity. “Bangash said he presented the record in a sealed envelope, however, NAB’s witness Zawar Manzoor has said that the envelope was not sealed,” Pervez argued.

Amjad argued that the documents submitted by Bangash were photocopies and thus could not be made part of the court’s record as per Pakistan’s Qanun-e-Shahadat Order, 1984 (Law of Evidence). Pervez contended that it was to be seen if the verdict of Queen’s bench was admissible evidence, adding that the summary of even that decision was not related to indictment.

During the hearing, the justice directed Amjad that final arguments should be ended till Monday, whereas the judge remarked that the witness will be summoned on Tuesday. The court summoned JIT’s head Wajid Zia on Tuesday in Al-Azizia reference. Khawaja Haris will continue arguments in Al-Azizia reference on Tuesday.

The court Islamabad has adjourned the hearing of Avenfield reference against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members till Monday.

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 last year.


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