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Al-Azizia reference adjourned without any proceeding

ISLAMABAD: Accountability judge Arshad Malik, in an enraged state, adjourned the hearing of Al-Azizia reference against Nawaz Sharif and others without any proceeding, owing to the absence of defense counsel Khawaja Haris, who is reportedly unwell. As an accountability court took up the hearing of graft reference against the Sharif family, the judge received an application from Nawaz Sharif's lawyer, stating that he was unwell and unable to appear before the court. Judge Arshad Malik remarked on the request that a…

NAB requests arrest warrants for Nawaz over no-show in court

ISLAMABAD: Ousted premier Nawaz Sharif and his legal counsel Khawaja Haris skipped the hearing on Monday without notifying accountability court judge Arshad Malik who is supervising the hearing of Flagship reference against the Sharif family. During the hearing, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor said that neither an exemption plea was submitted by the accused, hence non-bailable arrest warrants should be issued for Nawaz on his no-show today. On the onset of hearing, the assistant lawyer of Nawaz's…

Al-Azizia case: 17-day long cross-examination of Wajid Zia concludes

ISLAMABAD: Nawaz Sharif's legal counsel Khawaja Haris concluded his 17-day long cross-examination on prosecution's star witness Wajid Zia on Tuesday.  An accountability judge Arshad Malik was hearing the graft references of Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment against the Sharif family. Investigation officer Mehboob Aalm will appear before the accountability court on Thursday to record his statement. A day earlier, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was granted three-day exemption from personal appearance during…

AC judge adjourns Al-Azizia case hearing owing to Kulsoom Nawaz’s demise

ISLAMABAD: Accountability Court judge Muhammad Arshad Malik adjourned the hearing of Al-Azizia reference without any proceedings, citing the death of former first lady Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.  "It is not appropriate to carry out proceedings today; Kulsoom Nawaz was a great personality," the judge observed. The hearing of the graft case against former premier Nawaz Sharif commenced on its scheduled time under the supervision of judge Muhammad Arshad Malik. Nawaz's legal counsel Khawaja Haris appeared before the court to…

Nawaz moves IHC to transfer Al-Azizia, Flagship cases to another judge

ISLAMABAD: Deposed premier Nawaz Sharif appealed in Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday to transfer remaining references of Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment from the accountability court judge Muhammad Bashir to another accountability judge. On behalf of Nawaz Shairf, his legal counsel Khawaja Haris filed the appeal in IHC pleading that Judge Muhammad Bashir had already announced the verdict in Avenfield reference, thus other remaining references should be transferred from him to a new accountability judge.…

Haris refrains to cross-examine Wajid Zia in absence of trial judge  

ISLAMABAD: Defense counsel Khawaja Haris refrained from cross examining Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head Wajiz Zia in Al-Azizia case against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members, on Wednesday, citing the absence of accountability court’s judge Muhammad Bashir from the hearing today. Judge Malik Arshad was hearing the case in place of judge Muhammad Bashir who is on leave to write the decision in Avenfield reference-another graft case against Sharifs. At the outset of the case hearing, Khawaja…

Sharif’s counsel continues concluding arguments in Avenfield case

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's counsel Khawaja Haris continued his concluding arguments in Avenfield reference against Sharifs for third day on Thursday morning. Judge Muhammad Bashir is presiding over the trial proceedings in Islamabad. Khawaja Haris resuming his arguments contended that the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was an investigation agency. Some rules use to be set for an investigation, which decide what is an acceptable evidence and what is not. The matter would have been handed over to the…

Nawaz, Maryam granted 4-day exemption from appearance

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Tuesday granted four-day exemption to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz from attending the hearing of corruption cases filed against them by the anti-graft watchdog. Sharif along with his daughter is in London due to the critical condition of his wife Kulsoom Nawaz who has been on life-support machines in an intensive care unit of a London hospital after she suffered a heart attack a few days back. He submitted an application through his counsel…

Khawaja Haris recuses himself from pleading in NAB cases against Nawaz

ISLAMABAD: Khawaja Haris, the counsel representing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in accountability references, has excused from pursuing the references further more. The counsel formally withdrew from the case as the accountability court resumed proceedings in the Al Azizia Steel Mills reference. The Supreme Court, yesterday while giving the accountability court a 30-day deadline to wind up all three cases, also advised that the hearing of the case be held on a daily basis, even on Saturdays. The counsel told…