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Maryam starts recording statement in Avenfield reference for second consecutive day

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz has resumed recording her statement in Avenfield reference against the Sharif family today.
The Avenfield reference, pertaining to the Sharif family’s London properties, is among three filed against the Sharif family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) last year on the Supreme Court’s directives.
Maryam, alongside her father Nawaz Sharif and husband Capt (retired) Safdar are appearing before the court of accountability judge Muhammad Bashir.
On Thursday, Maryam had recorded her statement in 46 of the 128 questions asked by the accountability court.
The joint investigation team, which was formed upon apex court’s orders to investigate Sharif family’s assets, and its report are irrelevant in the case of Avenfield properties, said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz while recording her statement in the accountability court.
During the hearing, Maryam told the court that report prepared by the JIT is an investigative document, which was unacceptable as an evidence, adding that the Supreme Court ordered references be filed in light of the evidence presented by the JIT, but did not ask the JIT report to be made part of any reference as an evidence.
Following a pattern similar to Nawaz, Maryam started her statement by criticising the members of the JIT. Nawaz has already recorded his statement in the court.
The corruption cases
The corruption references, filed against the Sharifs, pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties of London.
Nawaz and sons Hussain and Hasan are accused in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Safdar are accused in the Avenfield reference only.
The court originally had a deadline of six months which ended in mid-March but was extended for two months after the judge requested the apex court.
Later, on May 9, the trial court’s second plea for a deadline extension was approved by the Supreme Court which gave a month to both sides to finish the corruption cases.