Avenfield Reference: Prosecution star witness Wajid Zia to be cross examined by Nawaz’s counsel

ISLAMABAD: The accountability court conducting corrupt proceedings against former premier Nawaz Sharif and his family will resume hearing the Avenfield properties case today.


The case, based on a reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the Supreme Court’s directions, pertains to the Sharif family’s London apartments.

Yesterday, Nawaz Sharif’s counsel, Khawaja Harris cross examined the star witness of prosecution, former Joint Investigation Team head Wajid Zia.

Zia divulged the court that it was a member of JIT who had released the picture of Hussain Nawaz, the son of Nawaz Sharif, showing his interrogation by JIT officials.

However, he did not mention the name of that member, claiming to have told the Attorney General of Pakistan, saying he can’t disclose the name to the court.

JIT was constituted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in Pamana Paper verdict, released on 20th April, 2017.

It comprised of MI, ISI, FIA, NAB, State Bank, and Security Exchange Commission official each headed by FIA.

Wajid Zia probed the offshore companies of Sharifs family in the wake of Panama verdict, admitted that no papers could be linked to Nawaz which states that he was the owner of the flats in London.

However, he informed the court that the Trust deed submitted by Maryam Nawaz was forged.

Furthermore, in today’s hearing he told the court that JIT decided not to send questionnaires to the Qatari prince Hammad Bin Jasim, who had provided letter to the apex Supreme Court claiming to have provided money to Sharifs when they were in exile.


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