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Verdict reserved on Sharifs’ objections on NAB supplementary references

Verdict reserved on Sharifs’ objections on NAB supplementary references

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Thursday reserved its verdict on two supplementary references regarding Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Flagship Investment and Hill Metal Establishment cases.

Judge Mohammad Bashir resumed the hearing after former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar have reached the court.

As the hearing began, counsel for Nawaz Sharif, Ayesha Hamid, submitted her objections over the supplementary references, filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Hamid claimed that there is nothing new in the supplementary references and asked the court to reject them. She also pleaded the court to ask the monitoring judge of the case, Supreme Court Justice Ijazul Ahsan, to extend the six-month deadline as recording statements of witnesses will take time.

The NAB prosecutor presented arguement against the plea after which the judge reserved its verdict.

The former prime minister and his sons – Hasan and Hussain Nawaz – have been nominated in three references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) regarding Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Flagship Investment and Avenfield.

However, Nawaz, his sons, Maryam and Safdar are named in the London properties case. It is the first hearing of Nawaz Sharif after being disqualified as president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in a case regarding Election Act 2017.

Talking to media outside the NAB court today, the former premier said that decisions announced by the apex court are full of revenge.