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AC Adjourns Hearing in NAB References Till January 16

Accountability Court has adjourned the hearing in NAB References against Sharif family till January 16. After the hearing former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has left for Punjab House.
Earlier, four witnesses recorded their statements in the corruption hearing against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family on Tuesday.
As the proceedings began, the court began recording the statement of Sidra Mansoor, a senior official of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, in the Al Azizia reference.
After recording her statement, Mansoor was cross-examined by Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Harris. Mansoor also presented the record of Hussain Nawaz’s company Mehran Ramzan Textile Mills.
Later, the statements of Al Azizia reference witnesses Inland Revenue Commissioner Tasleem Khan, private bank official Mohammad Zubair and Uzair Rehan of NAB, recorded their statements.
Avenfield reference witness Umar Draz Gondal could not appear in court due to his ill health.
The hearing was then adjourned until January 16, when Gondal and two more prosecution witnesses Mohammad Junejo and Afaq Ahmad have been summoned to record their statements.
Earlier, Nawaz, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar reached the accountability court hearing corruption cases against them today.
Strict security arrangements were in place, with a large presence of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz supporters and senior government officials.
The three references have been filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case.
The cases pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and London’s Avenfield properties.
Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir is conducting the trial.
Talking to the media after leaving the courtroom, Nawaz criticised Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan over his recent marriage controversy.
The PML-N chief expressed displeasure at Imran’s handling of the issue.
Earlier, answering a journalist’s question in court if he is ready to face a new movement against him from January 17, Nawaz said they have been facing such movements since the last four and a half years.
“It has become the norm now to face such movements,” he added.
He was referring to Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri’s plan to launch a protest movement against the government from Jan 17 with regards to the Model Town Inquiry Report.
To-date, 18 hearings of the Avenfield case, 19 of the Flagship case and 22 of the Al Azizia case have been held.
This is Nawaz’s 12th, Maryam’s 14th and will be Safdar’s 16th appearance in the accountability court.
At the last hearing on January 2, three witnesses recorded their statements, while six more were summoned for today.
Nawaz also spoke to the media after the last hearing and expressed disappointment at the ‘futile attempts’ to drag him in court cases.