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Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz leave for London

Lahore (Monitoring Desk): Former Prime Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz have left for London to attend ailing Kulsoom Nawaz.

 The accountability court hearing corruption references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family resumed hearing the case on Tuesday.

As Nawaz and daughter Maryam have departed for London today, following the approval of their exemption from appearance on Monday (yesterday), only Nawaz’s son-in-law, MNA Capt (retd) Safdar, is present in court.

Nawaz is being represented by his pleader (legal representative) Zafir Khan Tareen while Maryam by Jahangir Jadoon.

Accountability Court Judge Mohammad Bashir is conducting the proceedings, wherein National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) witness, Tayyab Ahmed, is continuing recording his statement.

Ahmed, an employee of a private bank, informed the court that Maryam Nawaz received a cheque of Rs12 million on June 13, 2015, Rs28.8 million on November 15, 2015 and Rs19.5 million on August 14, 2016.

Meanwhile, Safdar has also requested an exemption from appearing in the court hearings.

Faizabad Dharna: Agreement was made somewhere else

Islamabad (Monitoring Desk): Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif son-in law MNA captain retired Safdar after appearing before court said that the agreement of Faizabad protest was made somewhere else.

Speaking with journalists after his hearing at the accountability court, he said: “had the agreement been with government, the protestors wont have waited for 22 days. The agreement happened from somewhere else,” he said. “It is unfortunate, in Pakistan, energy savers are in Lahore but the UPS are in Rawalpindi.”

He added that there was not only one hand; but ‘many shoulders, hands, ladders, cranes’ behind the religious group’s protest against the government.

Without specifically pointing towards any individual or institution, the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) leader said that prime ministers like Moeen Qureshi and Shaukat Aziz are wanted here but from now onwards such precedents won’t continue.

The PML-N leader said that Nawaz was ousted from the premiership because he is ‘Made in Pakistan’, adding that as according to the Charter of Democracy, he wont say anything against Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

“PPP is a democratic party, I wont say anything against Bilawal,” he said.