Nawaz's counsel completes arguments about clubbing corruption references

Frederick Owens
November 8, 2017

No error has been identified in the Panama case, which could be reviewed and the accountability court is free to make a decision on the basis of nature of evidence, the verdict read.

"The facts about disqualification of Nawaz Sharif as prime minister were uncontroversial", the court observed in its verdict, maintaining that it could not be said the decision surprised Sharif.

Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar appeared before the court during which their counsel Khawaja Harris argued that all three cases are of same defence and their witnesses are also same, therefore, it is requested to club them.

The accountability court here on Tuesday reserved for a day its judgment on a petition to club corruption references filed against the family of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The court rejected Sharif's objection to the appointment of a monitoring judge to oversee the trial of corruption cases in the accountability court or fixation of six month period for conclusion of the trial.

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has seen disposal of Nawaz Sharif's review petitions by a five-member bench of Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on Tuesday as a proof that the disqualified premier attempted to fool the people, the court and the parliament of Pakistan. The judgement will be announced on Wednesday (tomorrow). He said as Hassan and Hussain Nawaz had not joined the court proceeding, the three cases couldn't be clubbed for together hearing.

She also referred to it as a "travesty of justice", as she claimed that the asset mentioned is the salary to be received from the son.

Maryam said it was vendetta as before her name was not included in the verdict issued earlier.

Before departing for Murree, Nawaz Sharif held meeting with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders and coalition parties' members at Punjab House.

Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif and his two sons - Hasan and Hussain Nawaz - have been nominated in two references regarding the Aziza Steel Mills, Hill Metals Establishment, and almost dozen other companies owned by the Sharif family.

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