An accountability court on Friday (Nov 9) has rejected the reservations of Nawaz’s counsel and allows National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) to present new documents against Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Flagship reference case.
NAB has requested to seek permission to present news documents regarding flagship references. Accountability Court II Judge Arshad Malik had reserved decision on the NAB plea after hearing arguments of Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Harris.
Earlier during the hearing, Nawaz’s counselor opposed NAB’s plea and said, “NAB’s Zahir Shah had corresponded with the UK Central Authority and he has appeared before the court as a witness. Why were these documents not presented when Shah appeared?”
At this, NAB deputy prosecutor said, “We mentioned in the supplementary reference that we will provide documents after receiving answers.” Haris then said, “If they present new documents then they should also present related witnesses.”
Further, the court remarked, “NAB has not mentioned the relation between the documents and the Flagship investigation. The court cannot assume on its own the relation between the documents and the investigation officer.” “Why are these documents being presented eight months later?” the judge asked.
Nawaz and his sons, Hussain and Hasan, are accused in all three references whereas Maryam and Safdar were accused in the Avenfield reference only. Both sons of Nawaz Sharif are currently in abroad and declared absconders by the court.
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23 August, 2019