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Nawaz Sharif holds meeting with legal advisors to discuss accountability cases

LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday held a meeting with his legal advisors at Jati Umra, Lahore, to discuss cases pending in accountability courts.

Proceedings of cases lodged by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against the Sharif family and getting President Pakistan Muslim Leauge-Nawaz (PML-N) Shehbaz Sharif release from jail and avoiding his further remand were discussed in the meeting.

Khawaja Haris, Azam Nazeer, and Naseer Bhutta were also present on this occasion.

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Nawaz is expected to visit NAB’s office today. He, accompanied by other family members, will also meet Shehbaz in jail, said sources.

The director general NAB has issued directives to officials including security forces for facilitating the meeting, said sources.

Last week, the Supreme Court granted the accountability court five more weeks to complete trial against former premier Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia and Flagship corruption cases.

A bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, granted the sixth and last extension in trial period of Nawaz Sharif.

Sharif’s lawyer Khawaja Haris informed that statement of the accused under Section 342 CrPC is yet to be recorded in one of the two pending references. Whereas, deposition of star prosecution witness Wajid Zia has yet not been recorded in the other case.

Zia’s statement usually takes two weeks to complete, he added and pleaded the top court to extend the deadline for disposal of the NAB cases against his client until November 30.

On the other hand, Shehbaz is in NAB custody on 14-day physical remand. An accountability court judge on October 16 extended Sharif’s remand on the request of the NAB.

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