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Nawaz Sharif Will Appear before Accountability Court Again Today

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Imprisoned former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will appear again before an accountability court in Islamabad on Tuesday.

He will hear the remaining two corruption references against him and his family.

Accountability court II Judge Mohammad Arshad Malik will resume hearing of Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references today.

A day earlier during the hearing, Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer Khawaja Harris had cross-questioned Panamagate Joint Investigation Team head and prosecution’s star witness Wajid Zia. Khawaja Harris will continue the questioning today.

Adjourning the case hearing, Judge Malik had directed Nawaz Sharif and Zia to appear in court again today.

A three judge bench comprising of Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Umar Ata Bandial and headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar ordered a six week extension in the deadline of concluding the remaining two corruption cases against Sharif family.

Judge Malik had submitted a written request to the Supreme Court of Pakistan seeking an extension to conclude the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references.

The accountability court trial

The case trial against Nawaz Sharif and his family started on September 14, 2017.

On July 6, after four extensions in the original six-month deadline to conclude all three cases, the accountability court announced its verdict in the Avenfield reference.

Nawaz Sharif and his two sons, Hussain Nawaz and Hasan Nawaz, are accused in all three corruption references. Whereas, Maryam Nawaz and Capt. (Retd) Safdar were accused in the Avenfield reference only.

The two brothers, living abroad, have been absconding since the case proceedings began last year and were declared proclaimed offenders by the accountability court.

On July 10, the Supreme Court granted another six-week extension for Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir to conclude the remaining corruption references against Nawaz Sharif and former finance minister Ishaq Dar.

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