Nawaz Sharif, Wajid Zia to appear before accountability court on Feb 22

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ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former Panama JIT head Wajid Zia would come face to face in the accountability court hearing references against the Sharif family on February 22.
The accountability court has summoned the former head of the Panama case joint investigation team (JIT), Wajid Zia, on February 22.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which filed three corruption references against the Sharifs in September last year, had pleaded the court to summon Zia, an additional director in the Federal Investigation Agency. The references pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Flagship Investment Ltd and Avenfield properties in London. Nawaz is accused in all three cases whereas his daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar are accused in the Avenfield reference only.
At the next hearing on Feb 22, two UK-based witnesses will record their statements via video-link from London in the supplementary Avenfield reference filed last month. NAB has since also filed supplementary references in the other two cases.
The NAB prosecutor had pleaded before the court that the original JIT record needs to be submitted when the new witnesses will record their statements.Giving its order on NAB’s request today, Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir issued a notice to Zia directing him to appear on Thursday along with the original JIT report.
Moreover, the court ordered the authorities to ensure the attendance of all three suspects at the next hearing.
It is pertinent to mention here that the court had rejected a plea from the former prime minister, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son in law Capt retd Safdar regarding exemption from the court proceedings from Feb 19 till March 3 in order to visit ailing Kulsoom Nawaz.
The court however, on the recommendation of NAB authorities refused to give exemption from proceedings and directed them to appear before the day to day proceedings.


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