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Panama JIT head records statement in NAB reference against Sharif family

Panama JIT head records statement in NAB reference against Sharif family

ISLAMABAD: Accountability court on Tuesday has resumed hearing of Avenfield reference against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members.

Judge Muhammad Bashir is hearing the case.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and retired captain Safdar appeared in the court room. JIT Head Wajid Zia is recording his statement after which he will be cross examined by the defense lawyer.

Earlier, prosecution witness Wajid Zia, former head of the Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT) had submitted a real sealed letter of Qatari prince in accountability court hearing references against Sharif family.

Wajid Zia presented the letter after which Maryam’s lawyer said it’s not the letter that was submitted on Thursday. Zia’s counsel told that this letter was received from Supreme Court’s (SC) registrar office while the other one was obtained from Foreign Office.

Trust deed of Maryam and Hussain Nawaz was also presented in the court over which Wajid Zia said that he wants to show the documents of Dutch bank but he is not finding them at this time.

The court had refused to make the letter as part of record and directed to file another petition in this regard.

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.

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