ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz have appeared before accountability court in National Accountability Bureau‘s (NAB) Avenfield reference after returning from London.

During the proceedings headed by Justice Mohammad Bashir, the hearing of Avenfield reference has been adjourned till 2pm due to absence of head of Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) Wajid Zia while Al-Azizia case will be heard on Tuesday at 11pm.

According to details, Nawaz and Maryam reached Islamabad from London in the wee hours of Monday after the court rejected their exemption from hearing pleas and directed to attend the proceedings. 

They had arrived in London on Wednesday night to visit Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of Nawaz Sharif, who is undergoing cancer treatment at a hospital.

A large number of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders and workers were present at the airport to welcome Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz on their return. 

SC disqualified Sharif from office in July over unreported sources of annual income of about $10,000, a salary the former premier denies ever receiving. The high court also ordered the NAB to investigate and conduct a trial into the Sharif family’s wider finances, including the London properties.

Sharif was also ousted from the presidency of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, which elected close ally Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as prime minister after Sharif was disqualified.