Avenfield Reference: Court dismisses Nawaz, Maryam plea of exemption from appearance

ISLAMABAD: The Accountability Court has dismissed the Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz’s plea seeking the court to exempt them from appearing, as they want to fly London to see their ailing wife, mother respectively.

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Earlier today, Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz submitted a request pleading  the Accountability Court to exempt  their appearance in ongoing corruption proceedings against them.

Appearing in court for the Avenfield properties graft reference hearing, both had submitted the request seeking exemption from appearing in court for a week starting March 26.

The court then reserved the verdict after hearing the arguments presented by Sharifs counsel Khawaja Harris.

A medical report of Nawaz’s ailing wife, Kulsoom Nawaz  was attached along with the request. Kulsoom has been in London and is being treated for lymphoma since late last year.

Wajid Zia, a serving additional director of the Federal Investigation Agency who headed the joint investigation team (JIT) which probed the Sharif family’s assets last year on the Supreme Court’s orders,  will resume recording his statement and submit documents today.

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