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Avenfield case: Maryam’s lawyer cross-examines DG NAB

ISLAMABAD: Maryam Nawaz’s lawyer began today cross-examining National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Director General-Operations Zahir Shah, who is a prosecution witness in the Avenfield case as an accountability court resumed hearing of the case. 

Former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar were present in court to stand trial.

Accountability Judge Muhammad Bashir presiding over the trial proceedings.

A day earlier, the prosecution witness recorded his statement, after which defence lawyer Khawaja Haris began cross-examining him.

The witness submitted new documents about the Avenfield properties’ ownership, bills and tax record which he said were received in response to letters written to the UK authorities for mutual legal assistance (MLA).

On April 20, the court granted a plea of the bureau seeking to bring on record new documentary evidence and testimony of the NAB DG Operations against former premier Nawaz Sharif and members of his family in the case.

Nawaz and his sons – Hussain and Hasan – have been named in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Capt Safdar have been nominated in the Avenfield reference only.

As per Avenfield Properties reference, Sharif, his brood and his son-in-law had purchased four flats in Park Lane, UK, without legitimate financial means. However, the former premier and his family members have consistently claimed that they were legally gained



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