December 06, 2017
References against Sharifs: Details of amounts released from Nawaz accounts produced before AC
ISLAMABAD: An Accountability Court (AC) Tuesday adjourned hearing in three corruption references against the Sharif family after two prosecution witnesses recorded their statements in Avenfield and Flagship investment references.
The court will resume the hearing on Wednesday (today) to record the statement of a witness in Al-Azizia corruption reference. In Avenfield and Flagship corruption references, the court adjourned hearing to December 11. Captain (R) Muhammad Safdar appeared in the court, while Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were represented by Zafir Khan Tareen and Jehangir Khan Jadoon respectively. Captain Safdar also drafted an application for 15-day exemption and is likely to file it in a couple of days.
Talking to reporters outside the court, Safdar in a lighter vein said he didn't want to disclose where he wanted to go after getting exemption but would like to go places. In Avenfield corruption reference, Sub-Inspector Mukhtar Ahmed of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore recorded his statement.
Mukhtar told the judge that he visited the Jati Umra residence of Sharifs to deliver summons to the five accused. He said the summons of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain Safdar were received by a security officer, while Hassan and Hussain Nawaz’s summons were returned.
During cross-examination, the witness told the judge that he had no documentary evidence for receipt of summons and that he had not informed the area police about the purpose of his arrival.
In Avenfield reference, the court summoned another prosecution witness, Adeel Akhtar, for next date of hearing. In Flagship Investment corruption reference, Umar Draz recorded his statement, while another witness, Afaq Ahmed, has been summoned by the court for next hearing.
Nab Sub-Inspector Umar Draz told the court that he visited Shamim Farm, Jati Umra on August 17, 2017 along with Sub-Inspector Mubeen Ahmed for delivery of summons. A security officer, Muhammad Arif, received the summons and also signed the receipt.
In Al-Azizia corruption reference, Malik Tayyab Moazzam, Branch Manager Standard Chartered Bank, recorded his statement. The prosecution witness told the court that Nawaz Sharif gave Rs12 million cheque to his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, on June 13, 2015.
He said the elder Sharif also gave Maryam Rs28.8 million cheque on November 15, 2015 and Rs19.5 million cheque on August 14, 2016. He also provided the details of Nawaz Sharif's dollar account to the court. Meanwhile, talking to the media outside the court, Captain (R) Safdar said Nawaz Sharif had been disqualified for making Pakistan a nuclear power and now he was going to make this country an economic power.