Avenfield case: ATC exempts Nawaz, Maryam from appearing today

Avenfield case: ATC exempts Nawaz, Maryam from appearing today

Islamabad (Web Desk): The Accountability Court on Tuesday exempted Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz from appearance in the corruption hearing against them, the sources reported.

Judge Mohammad Bashir resumed the hearing of the Avenfield properties reference today where Nawaz's counsel Khawaja Haris informed that the former premier's flight was not allowed to take off from Lahore owing to inclement weather. 

The judge approved the request but directed Nawaz's son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar to remain in court. 

During today’s hearing, Nawaz's counsel resumed cross-examining the primary witness, Wajid Zia, who headed the Panama case joint investigation team (JIT) which probed the Sharif family assets last year.

The Avenfield Case, based on a reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the Supreme Court's directions, pertains to the Sharif family's London apartments.

It is pertinent to remember that the former premier is accused in all three references, Al Azizia, Avenfield and Flagship Investment, whereas his daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar are accused in only one: Avenfield (London flats).