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Nawaz, Maryam appear before accountability court for graft trial

ISLAMABAD: Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar showed up before an accountability court here in connection with their trial in the references filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The former premier along with his daughter arrived at Islamabad airport from Lahore via special plane and went to the Punjab House amid tight security. After a brief stay there, he was driven to the court for the trial proceedings.

Special security measures had been made with a large number of law enforcement personnel deployed around the court for security of the Sharifs.

Accountability Judge Muhammad Bashir recorded testimonies of two more witnesses against the Sharif family in the references filed against them in compliance with the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict.

At the previous hearing, four witnesses had recorded their statements and were cross-examined by defence lawyer Khawaja Harris.

Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) joint registrar Sidra Mansoor testified that Hussain Nawaz, the former premier’s elder son, owned 487,400 shares in Mehran Ramzan Textile Mills Ltd, which were later transferred to the Sharif family’s trust.

Harris objected that the witness had presented details and documents which were irrelevant to the organizations involved in the references.

When asked, she informed that she was not aware of the records pertaining to Al Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment.

Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Inland Revenue Department officer, Tasneem Khan and Muhammad Zubair, an officer of a private bank, were among those who recorded statements at the last hearing.



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