Prosecutor’s witness records statement in corruption references against Nawaz

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ISLAMABAD: Accountability court on Wednesday has resumed hearing of Avenfield properties, Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment references against Sharif family.
During the proceeding headed by Justice Mohammad Bashir, a 900-page transactions record of ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s bank accounts has been submitted in the court whereas National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor’s witness Malik Tayyab has also recorded his statement.
The witness told the court that Nawaz Sharif did four transactions on March 11, 2017 while he also deposited $1 million in Pakistan currency in his account on the same date. On February 7, 2017, Sharif withdrew $2200 from his account, he continued.
Malik Tayyab further said that Nawaz’s son Hussain Nawaz sent him $30,000 on December 23, 2010.
On the other hand, Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz are not attending the hearing due to exemption for one week.
Previously, Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar submitted a plea seeking exemption from the appearance whereas Malik Tayyab told the court that Maryam Safdar received Rs12 million cheque on June 13, 2015 and Rs28.8 million cheque on November 15, 2015. She also got Rs 19.5 million cheque from Nawaz Sharif on August 14, 2016.
Nawaz Sharif, while lashing out at the NAB references against him, said that the revengeful accountability is damaging Pakistan. He said that those who validated martial law committed bigger crime. Will those persons be made accountable, he questioned.
Former premier said that sit-ins have become a tradition in the country now. He further said that the person who ended power load-shedding from the country has been disqualified.
SC disqualified Sharif from office in July over unreported sources of annual income of about $10,000, a salary the former premier denies ever receiving. The high court also ordered the NAB to investigate and conduct a trial into the Sharif family’s wider finances, including the London properties.
Sharif maintains control of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, which elected close ally Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as prime minister after Sharif was disqualified.

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