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NAB references: Accountability court rejects Sharif family’s exemption plea

Accountability court on Thursday has rejected exemption from appearance plea submitted by ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar in Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Flagship Investment and Avenfield properties references.
During the hearing, Justice Mohammad Bashir read out the verdict and dismissed the petition, seeking exemption for two weeks from February 19 to meet Kulsoom Nawaz, who is undergoing medical treatment in London.
Talking to media, Sharif maintained that now his opponents want to remove him from party presidency but Allah is with that person whose conscious is clear. He criticized that the PCO judges, who took oath from Musharraf, will now teach him. “These people are trying to build a 10-storey building on an evasive foundation,” he said.
Previously, interior ministry had responded to NAB’s request to list Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Capt (r) Safdar in Exit Control List (ECL) stating that inclusions are done only on courts’ orders. Interior minister Ahsan Iqbal who is visiting Norway, said that a decision would be taken after his return and it would be in accordance with the law.
NAB was also allowed to record witnesses statements through video link in Avenfield reference against Sharif family and directed to approach Robert Radley and Raja Akhtar.
SC disqualified Sharif from office in July over unreported sources of annual income of about $10,000, a salary the former premier denies ever receiving. The high court also ordered the NAB to investigate and conduct a trial into the Sharif family’s wider finances, including the London properties.
Sharif maintains control of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, which elected close ally Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as prime minister after Sharif was disqualified.