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Sharif Family To Record Statements in Avenfield Ref

Hearing of Avenfield Reference to resume today, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar are expected to record statements today.
The Avenfield reference, pertaining to the Sharif family’s London properties, is among three filed against Sharif family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) last year on the Supreme Court’s directives.
The Sharif family is expected to appear before the court of accountability judge Muhammad Bashir today and submit their response.
During Last hearing of the case on May 18, the statements of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar in the Avenfield case could not be recorded as the defence sought more time to ponder over the questions sent by the accountability court.
As the hearing went underway, Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris pleaded the court to delay the recording of statements until Monday(today) as they need more time to go over the questions sent by court owing to some discrepancies.The prosecution objected to the plea, saying the defence just wants to waste time.
However, Accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir approved the plea but observed that the recording of statements will not be delayed further than Monday.
Moreover, the court ruled that Panama case JIT head Wajid Zia, who was to be cross-examined in the Al Azizia reference on Monday, should now appear in court on Tuesday.
It may be recalled that Accountability Court handed over Questionaire to Nawaz Sharif on May 16.