Nawaz responsible for bringing country to critical juncture: Aitzaz

Senior Leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Aitzaz Ahsan on Sunday accused the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif of bringing Pakistan to a critical juncture.
“He [Nawaz] has ridiculed the country’s legal system by not abiding by the National Accountability Bureau’s laws,” Ahsan lashed out at the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) president.
He said that the former president Pervez Musharraf and former prime minister and PPP leader Yousuf Raza Gillani had set a better precedent by obtaining bail. 
“Nawaz is responsible for bringing Pakistan to the critical juncture that it stands on today.” 
The PPP leader blamed the NAB for neither arresting Nawaz nor adding his name to the ECL. 
“Nawaz was disqualified due to holding a valid Iqama — which is a document issued to employees of a foreign company,” he said. “He could not be the prime minister of Pakistan and employed by a foreign company simultaneously.”
Ahsan went on to claim that the Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar also hold work permits of a foreign country.  
He alleged that Pakistan’s decision are being made in London, referring to recent PML-N meetings in England’s capital including a huddle attended by senior leadership of the ruling party. 
Nawaz returns to Pakistan
Nawaz was absent from several previous hearings as he was in London tending to his wife, Kulsoom, who is undergoing treatment for lymphoma in London.
On November 3, Nawaz made his first appearance in court following his indictment in the Avenfield properties and Azizia Steel Mills reference on October 19, and the Flagship reference on October 20.
At the last hearing on October 26, the court had issued bailable warrants for Nawaz’s arrest.
The former premier returned to the country on Thursday and was served the court summons by a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team.
Strict security arrangements were in place in and around the Federal Judicial Complex where the hearing was taking place.
A number of workers of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz were present at the complex to welcome their party president.
Similarly, senior leaders of the party, including members of the cabinet, were at the premises in light of the former premier’s appearance.
The NAB references
The NAB has in total filed three references against the Sharif family and one against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the accountability court, in light of the Supreme Court’s orders in the Panama Papers case verdict of July 28.
The anti-graft body was given six weeks, from the date of the apex court’s order, to file the reference in an accountability court while the accountability court was granted six months to wrap up the proceedings.
Court approves Maryam, Safdar’s bail; separates cases of Nawaz’s sons
The references against the Sharif family pertain to the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, their London properties and over dozen offshore companies owned by the family.
Maryam and Safdar are only nominated for the London properties reference. At an earlier hearing, the court also approved Maryam and Safdar’s bail in the Avenfiled properties case and ordered them to submit surety bonds worth Rs5 million each.
Safdar was also directed to take the court’s permission before leaving the country from now on. The judge also provided a copy of the reference — spread over 53 volumes — to Maryam and Safdar.
NAB’s Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and the nearly dozen companies owned by the Sharif family.
Its Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family’s Avenfield apartments in London and another against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income.
If convicted, the accused may face up to 14 years imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public office including the freezing of bank accounts and assets.