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November 03,2017

Accountability court adjourns hearing against Nawaz

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ISLAMABAD: The accountability court on Friday adjourned the hearing of corruption references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to November 7.

According to Geo News, hearing was put off since the court had not received Islamabad High Court orders in which the accountability court was asked to review former prime minister's plea seeking to club together three references against him instead of hearing them separately.

The former prime minister on Thursday returned to Pakistan to appear before the court in corruption references after being indicted in his absence.

He was indicted in references related to Azizia Steel Mills, Avenfield properties, Flagship Investment. The references were filed by the NAB on Supreme Court’s orders in Panama Case.

The former premier, his daughter and son-in-law were indicted by an accountability court in Islamabad on 19th October. He was in UK at the time of his indictment. His sons, Hassan and Hussain, were named co-accused in the charge sheet.

Nawaz was ousted from power in July by the apex court after months of hearings on the corruption charges. He and his family stand accused of using offshore holding companies to buy luxury properties in London, charges stemming from the Panama Papers leaks in 2016.

Presiding over a meeting of the PML-N leaders on Thursday, Nawaz said: “We believe in politics of values and not power. I have come here to face the cases. I am not afraid of cases”.

A five-member team of the anti-corruption watchdog, headed by Deputy Director Mehboob Ahmed, reached the Punjab House and met with the lawyers of the former prime minister. It served on Nawaz the summons issued by the Accountability Court and completed the paperwork.

On Thursday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) accepted a petition moved by the former PM to club together three separate accountability references pending against him, ordering an accountability court which had dismissed the request earlier to consider the case again.

It is to mention here that ousted prime minister has already been appeared before the AC twice- on September 26 and October 2- however, he was called six times by the court.


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