Avenfield reference: Nawaz, Maryam four-day exemption plea accepted

Avenfield reference: Nawaz, Maryam four-day exemption plea accepted

Islamabad (Staff Report): Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were exempted from physical appearance in the Avenfield reference on Tuesday.

The accountability court Judge Mohammad Bashir resumed hearing the three National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references against the Sharif family.

The counsels of Nawaz and Maryam submitted appearance exemption requests of their clients for a week, stating that former PM and his daughter were scheduled to appear before the court, however, the duo is in London to inquire as Begum Kulsoom Nawaz has been declared highly critical.

Judge Muhammad Bashir granted the relaxation four days appearance exemption and adjourned the hearing of the Avenfield case until Wednesday.

Khawaja Haris, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's lawyer in the three corruption cases against him, also resumed his role as lead counsel on Tuesday after previously recusing himself from the case.

Haris had recused himself from representing Nawaz on June 11.

Among other reasons for the decision, he had said the Supreme Court "dictated on completing the trial within a month" and asked him to work on weekends.

On June 14, Nawaz had hired Jahangir Jadoon to represent him in the NAB references.