Nawaz, Maryam arrive Islamabad; to appear before court in Al-Azizia reference
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz have on Monday reached Islamabad from London.
The former premier and his daughter were received by ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders and party workers at the airport.
Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz will today appear before the accountability court in Al-Azizia reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in line with the Supreme Court verdict in Panamagate case.
The accountability court judge Muhammad Bashir had summoned star witness Wajid Zia, former head of joint investigation team (JIT) formed by the Supreme Court over Panamagate case to record his statement.
The for JIT head had already recorded his statement in Avenfield reference against the Sharif family.
The two prominent leaders of the ruling PML-N had flown to the United Kingdom on Wednesday to visit the ex-premier’s ailing wife, Kalsoom Nawaz, who is undergoing cancer treatment in that country.
Some of their political rivals had criticized their departure from Pakistan, claiming that they were facing serious financial allegations and their prolonged absence from the country could jeopardize the accountability process against them.
Maryam Nawaz, however, assuaged these fears when she tweeted on Sunday: “At the Heathrow, leaving for Islamabad shortly.” She added that she “will arrive [in Pakistan] in the wee hours to be at the court.”
Sharif had also issued a similar statement, saying: “I will not act like Pervez Musharraf and will return to the country soon.”
While the primary purpose of his visit to London was to meet his wife and interact with her doctors, the former premier also met Abbasi, who was invited to a Commonwealth conference, and discussed with him the issue of choosing the interim prime minister.
Once the Sharifs return to Pakistan, they will face court cases again and continue their party’s struggle to win the next general elections.