Nawaz accuses courts of 'double standard' as corruption trial begins

Nawaz accuses courts of 'double standard' as corruption trial begins

Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) investigation officer on Tuesday submitted a compliance report in accountability court to declare former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's sons Hassan and Hussain Nawaz as absconders.

The two sought exemption on the account of the medical condition of Nawaz's wife, Kulsoom, who is undergoing treatment for lymphoma in London.

Maryam Nawaz and her husband Captain (retd) Safdar have been nominated in a single corruption reference in connection with the Sharif family's London properties.

The former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said the Courts had dual standards, adding they had been struggling against the double standards of Courts.

Moreover, Hussain and Hasan Nawaz were declared proclaimed offenders due to their continuous absence.

Four witnesses have been summoned for the next hearing.

Maryam and Safdar had been indicted along with Sharif in a reference regarding the London properties on October 19.

The ousted PM, in his application, asked to be exempted from trial hearings till November 27 as the next spell of his wife's chemotherapy is about to begin.

Maryam also submitted an exemption request saying that she will appear before the court whenever she is summoned.

The Sharifs then exited the court, however, the hearing is now under way. The court reserved its verdict regarding both the requests.

Mansoor, the witness in the Avenfield reference, recorded her statement in the court.

Defending the authenticity of the documents, Mansoor said that the photocopies were provided to the SECP by the Sharifs' company as per the law.

Following the recording of the statement, Mansoor was cross-examined.

Ahmad has been called to appear in court again in Nov 22 for cross-questioning in the next hearing of the case.

With regards to Nawaz's sons, the court had already separated their trial as they have been a constant no-show in court.

Despite the light rain in the capital, several workers and leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz were in and outside the court complex to welcome the party chief. Sharif had pleaded not guilty in all the charges.

Yesterday (Nov 14), the former premier challenged the verdict of the accountability court in the Islamabad High Court.

Today, Judge Mohammad Bashir will hold 12th hearing of Avenfield Properties and Alazizia Steel Mill, and 13 hearing of Flagship Investment reference.

Nawaz, along with Maryam and Safdar had earlier reached Islamabad from Lahore.

The petition said the accountability court's order was based on a gross misreading of the "facts" on which it was purportedly based.

NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and the almost dozen companies owned by the Sharif family.

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