Court reserves verdict on Nawaz, Maryam's appearance exemption plea

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Khawaja Haris and Amjad Pervez, counsels of Nawaz and his children, disagreed with her testimony.

Nawaz Sharif has been exempted from appearance for seven days from November 20th while Maryam has been granted exemption for a month.

The two sought exemption on the account of the medical condition of Nawaz's wife, Kulsoom, who is undergoing treatment for lymphoma in London. However, she requested the court allow Jahangir Jadoon to represent her in court in case she had to leave the country in case of an emergency.

On Nov 8, the accountability court's Judge Muhammad Bashir rejected the Sharif's application for joint trial and framed charges against him in each of the three references.

The accountability court had also summoned two prosecution witnesses Sidra Mansoor of Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and Jahangir Ahmad of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to appear in the court to record their statements.

She further claimed that she had provided the bureau with the 2000-2005 audit report of Hudabiya Paper Mills.

The next hearing of the case will take place on November 22, when four more prosecution witnesses have been summoned.

The court deferred the matter of declaring Nawaz's sons Hassan and Hussain as proclaimed offenders till next hearing.

In another development in the NAB references against Sharif family, former minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz have been granted exemption from appearance by the accountability court in Islamabad today (Wednesday). He hoped that their struggle would lead to logical conclusion.

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Other Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) leaders including Tariq Fatemi, Saad Rafique, Talal Chaudhry and Marriyum Aurangzeb were also present during the hearing.

The minister said there was no allegation or prove of corruption against Nawaz Sharif.

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.

Supreme Court of Pakistan ousted the former premier from the office on July 28 in Panama Papers case.

Orders have also been given to confiscate their shares in six companies.

It was the 12th hearing of Avenfield properties and Azizia Steel Mills references and 13th hearing of the Flagship Investment reference.

Nawaz, along with Maryam and Safdar had earlier reached Islamabad from Lahore.

Its Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family's Avenfield apartments in London and another against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income.

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