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Nawaz, Maryam, Safdar Appear Before AC in Corruption Case

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Daughter Maryam Nawaz and Son in Law Capt (R) Safdar have reached accountability court to appear before AC, where corruption case against Sharif Family is being heard.
At present, Mohammad Abdul Wahid, a director general at the federal information ministry, is recording his statement in court. Nawaz and daughter Maryam arrived in the capital from Lahore earlier today and have now reached the court along with senior party leaders and government officials.
Nawaz’s son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar is also present in court.
The hearing of the case was adjourned on Tuesday owing to the absence of the lead defence counsel, Khawaja Harris.
It is learnt that 24 witnesses out of 39 have recorded their statements so far and statements of two foreign witnesses would have to be recorded but absence of accused counsel hearing adjourned without any development.National Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed three corruption references against the Sharif family in September last year in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case. The references pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties of London.
In the Avenfield case, wherein Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar stand accused, NAB had submitted on January 22 a supplementary reference revealing new evidence and witnesses including two UK-based individuals.
At the Jan 30 hearing, Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Harris had objected to the NAB’s supplementary reference in the Avenfield case, arguing that there is nothing new in it.However, Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir turned down his request to dismiss the supplementary reference and approved it for hearing.
On Wednesday (today), Maryam challenged the court’s order dismissing their petition against the video recording of the UK-based witnesses.