Former premier Nawaz Sharif, daughter depart for London

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif

Former premier Nawaz Sharif, daughter depart for London

The ousted premier has been indicted by the accountability court in three graft references filed by NAB against him and his children following the Supreme Court's July 28, 2017 order in the Panama Papers case, which also led to his disqualification as prime minister.

The court has summoned three prosecution witnesses to record their statements, while one witness Tayyab has recorded his statement to the court.

They have been granted a week-long exemption from appearing in Accountability Court from Dec 5 to Dec 11 during yesterday's hearing.

Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam left for London from Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport on Tuesday after he was granted an exemption for a week from appearing in the court for corruption references filed against him in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court.

Earlier, the accountability court on Monday approved a plea filed by former prime minister seeking change in time period for exemption from appearance in the court, while rejected the same plea of his daughter Maryam Nawaz.

The father-daughter duo will be represented in the court by their pleaders, Zaafir Khan and Barrister Jahangir Jadoon while MNA Safdar has requested to be represented by Advocate Faisal Irfan.

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The court had allowed Maryam to be exempted from appearance from November 15 until December 15.

Maryam and her husband Captain (retd) Safdar have been named in a single corruption reference pertaining to the Sharif family's London properties. He submitted the details of accounts and transactions statements of Sharif.

The court also declared Hassan and Hussain Nawaz absconders as witnesses began recording statements against them under Section 512 of the NAB Ordinance.

At the hearing on November 20, Nawaz's lawyer pointed out similarities between the Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment references, pleading that they be combined.

The NAB prosecutor told the court that neither of the brothers possesses any property and their bank accounts had already been frozen.

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