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Accountability court resumes hearing of corruption reference against Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad (Monitoring Desk): Accountability Court has resumed hearing of corruption reference against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif filed by National Accountability Bureau on the directions of Supreme Court of Pakistan.

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

On Tuesday, as Nawaz and daughter Maryam departed for London, following the approval of their exemption from appearance on Monday, only Nawaz’s son-in-law, MNA Capt (retd) Safdar, was present in court.

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

The witness Ahmed, an employee of a private bank, informed the court on Tuesday that Maryam 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 also requested the court for an exemption from appearing in the court hearings.

As Ahmed was taking time detailing financial transactions of the Sharifs, the judge directed the recording of statements of NAB’s other witnesses: its own officials Umar Draz and Mukhtar Ahmed.

Later, Ahmed resumed recording his statement but due to shortage of time could not continue; thus the hearing was adjourned until Wednesday (today).

During Monday’s hearing, the court approved Nawaz’s exemption appearance plea.

The former premier had asked the court for a change in the dates of his exemption from appearance. Nawaz is now exempted from appearing in court from December 5 till 12.

However, the court dismissed Nawaz’s daughter Maryam’s request to change her appearance exemption dates, stating that the court’s earlier ruling on the matter will prevail.

The court had allowed Maryam to be exempted from appearance from November 15 until December 15.