The counsels of Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, Maryam Nawaz has submitted an appearance exemption request in accountability court on Tuesday on in process Sharif family cases.
Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz are currently in London visiting the ailing Begum Kulsoom Nawaz. Both have sought a seven-day exemption from appearing before an accountability court in Islamabad. Hearing of corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against Nawaz and his family members is in process.
The request was filed as accountability court judge Justice Muhammad Bashir started hearing the references — Avenfield properties, and Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment against the Sharif family.
Nawaz Sharif’s former counsel Khawaja Harris appeared before court during the hearing.
Justice Bashir questioned Khawaja Harris if he was in court to withdraw his power of attorney petition.
Giving response to this query, Khawaja Harris said, “First, I have to file another petition. I have a right to know whether the court will hear the cases simultaneously or separately.”
On this, the accountability court judge dismissed the attorney petition of Khawaja Harris.
NAB prosecutor Muzaffar Abbasi however pointed out, “We did not even object and the petition has been dismissed.”
Former counsel further asked the court how it plans on taking the cases forward. “We need to coordinate with each other and should try our best to not pull each other’s legs,” he added.
“There is a law for everything. The Supreme Court asked us to work on Saturdays as well and under what law does that fall?” Nawaz’s former counsel questioned.
At this point, Nawaz’s newly-appointed counsel Jahangir Jadoon told court, “People are asking why the court is not announcing a judgment.”
Justice Bashir responded to Jahangir Jadoon, “The court follows a procedure and on my behalf tell those people that why are they commenting when they are not respondents.”
The Supreme Court has summoned JIT head and prosecution’s star witness Wajid Zia today in regards to the Al-Azizia reference.