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Accountability court summons Nawaz on Monday in pending references

Accountability Court II on Thursday summoned deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday in two pending corruption references against him and his family.
The order came as Judge Arshad Malik heard the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references.
Judge Malik also directed the prosecution to present Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head and prosecution’s star witness Wajid Zia for the hearing on August 13.
As the hearing went under way, Judge Malik questioned National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi regarding the progress in investigations into the two remaining corruption references.
The NAB prosecutor told the accountability court judge, “After Wajid Zia, only one more witness’s statements need to be recorded.”
“There are three suspects in both the references. Investigation is ongoing against Nawaz while his sons, Hasan and Hussain, have already been declared absconders in the case,” he further said.
The hearing was then adjourned till Monday.
On August 7, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) transferred the two references to Accountability Court II.
A two-member bench of the IHC, comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, ordered transfer of the cases on Nawaz’s plea.
Nawaz’s legal counsel had filed an appeal requesting the court to transfer the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references from the court of Accountability Judge-I Mohammad Bashir to another accountability court.
On July 6, accountability court Judge Mohammad Bashir had announced the verdict in the Avenfield properties corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), handing the ousted prime minister 10 years as jail time and seven years to his daughter Maryam Nawaz.