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ISLAMABAD: An accountability court in the federal capital on Friday exempted former premier Nawaz Sharif, and Maryam Nawaz from appearing in today’s hearing for the Avenfield case.
As Judge Muhammad Bashir resumed hearing of the case, the Sharif family’s lawyer informed the court that Sharif and his daughter couldn’t make it to Islamabad owing to the closure of roads in Lahore which explained why the law enforcement agencies advised them not to travel.
He pleaded that the duo should be given due exemption from personal appearance. Sharif’s son-in-law Captain (retired) Muhammad Safdar, however, is in likely to attend the court hearing.
The counsel for Maryam and Safdar, Amjad Pervez, resumed cross-examination of prosecution witness Wajid Zia, the head of the Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that probed the Sharif family’s offshore assets.
As per Avenfield Properties reference, Sharif, his brood and his son-in-law, (retd) Captain Mohammad Safdar, had purchased four flats in Park Lane, UK, without legal financial means.
After Nawaz’s counsel, Khawaja Haris, completed cross-examination of Zia on Wednesday, Pervez began grilling the key witness of the case.