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Nawaz Sharif reaches NAB Court for hearing of Flagship reference

ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif reached Accountability Court on Thursday (today) to appear before it in ongoing trial of flagship reference against him, filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the orders of the Supreme Court. Judge, Arshad Malik will preside over the proceedings, while defence counsel Khawaja Haris will continue cross examination of Panama JIT head, Wajid Zia on the fourth consecutive day. During hearing of the reference yesterday, Zia testified before the court that Gorneca…

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…

Nawaz gets exemption as court adjourns Al-Azizia case

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Monday gave former premier Nawaz Sharif one-day exemption from personal appearance in Al-Azizia/ Hill Metal Establishment reference.  Judge Arshad Malik heard the case in the federal capital as Sharif’s counsel Khawaja Haris resumed cross-examination of star witness Wajid Zia. During the course of cross-examination, the counsel confronted Zia, who headed the JIT that probed the Sharif family’s wealth last year, with questions about  the volume 10 of the JIT report, the Supreme…

Court adjourns Al-Azizia case against Sharifs till tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: Former premier Nawaz Sharif, who is serving sentence awarded to him in the Avenfield case in Adiala jail, was presented before an accountability court in Islamabad as it resumed hearing of Al-Azizia/Hill Metal Establishment reference on Monday. Accountability Judge Arshad Malik presided over the trial proceedings. Sharif was brought to the court from Adiala jail amid tight security. The former premier’s lawyer, Khawaja Haris, cross-examined star witness, Wajid Zia who had headed a joint investigation team…

Alteration in JIT head’s statement: IHC allows Nawaz’s plea

ISLAMABAD: A two-judge bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday directed the accountability court, hearing the two pending corruption references against former premier Nawaz Sharif, to record his objections with regard to the alleged alteration in the prosecution witness Wajid Zia’s statement. The bench, comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, was hearing a petition filed by Sharif through his counsel Khawaja Haris, seeking directives for the trial court to place on record his…

Nawaz Sharif’s counsel calls JIT head Wajid Zia ‘dishonest man’

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s counsel Khawaja Harris on Tuesday resumed cross-examination of Wajid Zia, who is the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head in Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references. The hearing, held with Judge Malik Mohammad Arshad in the chair, witnessed a heated exchange between the two officials. At one point, Khawaja Harris called Wajid Zia dishonest man, prompting protest from the latter. The ex-PM counsel later retracted his statement about Zia. The JIT head, however, in his…

Nawaz produced before court in Al-Azizia, Flagship references

ISLAMABAD: Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif was produced before an accountability court on Wednesday for the hearing of remaining two corruption references against Sharif family. The hearing of Al-Azizia and Flagship references took place in the accountability court II under the supervision of judge Arshad Malik. Prosecution’s star witness Wajid Zia was also present during the hearing on court's summon, but he was later allowed to leave owing to the absence of defense counsel Khawaja Haris. However, the statements…

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…

Radley report can’t be trusted, contrary to facts, Maryam tells court

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz while recording her statement for a second consecutive day in Avenfield reference, before the accountability court on Friday, claimed that Robert Radley report can’t be trusted as it is contrary to facts. “Wajid Zia did not get the Radley report verified from me for a second time,” Maryam said while further accusing JIT of its ill-intent in employing the services of Robert Radley. She stated that Robert Radley was hired through Wajid Zia's cousin to produce a…

Avenfield Case: Nawaz denies business association with Qatari Prince

ISLAMABAD: While resuming to record his statement on Tuesday, in Avenfield properties reference, former premier Nawaz Sharif candidly remarked before the accountability court that he does not have any knowledge of the business affiliation with Qatari Prince. “Whatever transactions for business took place, Qatari Prince and his family would know it”. While speaking further about letters written by Qatari Prince Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor al Thani, Nawaz said that the letters were verified by the prince himself in a letter…