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NAB court approves one-day exemption plea of Nawaz, Maryam in Avenfield case

ISLAMABAD: The accountability court conducting corruption proceedings against the Sharif family will resume hearing Avenfield case today.

The case, based on a reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28’s verdict in Panama Papers case, pertains to the Sharif family’s London apartments.

The NAB court granted a one-day exemption to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz from appearance after their lawyer informed the court that their flight wasn’t able to take off from Lahore due to inclement weather.

In the hearing headed by Justice Mohammad Bashir, Maryam Nawaz’s lawyer Amjad Pervaiz will continue cross-examination of head of Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) Wajid Zia.

During the last hearing, Wajid Zia had admitted that there was no evidence pointing to deposed premier Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam’s involvement in the incorporation of Nelson and Nescol offshore companies.

Maryam and Safdar’s lawyer Amjad Pervaiz began the twelfth cross-examination session of the JIT head, inquiring about the owner of Avenfield properties before it came under the possession of Nelson and Nescol. Zia had replied that the team had not investigated prior ownership before its transfer to the two companies.

On Wednesday, Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Harris concluded Zia’s cross-examination in the Avenfield case.

After Harris concluded his cross-examination, Maryam’s counsel began his cross-examination.

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