Accountability court resumes hearing against Sharifs

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif

In response to a question by Nawaz's counsel today, the judge stated that the two have been declared proclaimed offenders after the expiry of their 30-day deadline to appear before the court on the weekend.

Complaining about dual standard of justice, Maryam said all standards of justice were for the Sharif family since the court was in hurry to take a decision against Nawaz Sharif in Panama Papers, resulting in his ouster as the premier.

During the court proceedings, Sharif submitted exemption request from November 20 trial due to the going medical treatment of his wife Kulsoom in London.

Maryam sought exemption for a month during which her representative will attend all hearings.

The court started the trial even though the Islamabad High Court had accepted on Tuesday Sharif's application, in which he had challenged accountability court's refusal to club all three references into one.

As the court proceedings went underway on Wednesday, prosecution witness, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan's (SECP) joint registrar, Sidra Mansoor recorded her statement in the Avenfield flats reference.

In her statement, Mansoor revealed that the Hudaibiya Paper Mills audit reports consistently showed Rs494,6000 in the company's accounts for five years between 2000 to 2005.

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Meanwhile, the court adjourned hearing till Nov 22.

The plea was filed by Nawaz Sharif and his sons, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz.

The accountability court hearing three corruption cases against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family will announce shortly its decision on Nawaz and his daughter's request to be exempted from personal appearance.

At the last hearing on November 15, the court had dismissed Nawaz's plea seeking the clubbing of the three references against him into one.

She said no allegation of corruption has been proven against Nawaz Sharif. The court on October 9 separated the trial of Hassan and Hussain and also ordered to initiate the process of declaring them proclaimed offenders.

According to Geo News, the former prime minister criticized the courts when a journalist asked him to comment on relief Imran Khan got in cases against him. The three references against the Sharif family are related to the Flagship Investment Ltd, the Avenfield (London) properties and Jeddah-based Al-Azizia Company and Hill Metal Establishment.

NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and the almost dozen companies owned by the Sharif family.

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