ISLAMABAD: Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired captain Muhammad Safdar have arrived at an accountability court in federal capital as trial resumes into the graft references filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Aaj News reported.
A number of senior PML-N leaders welcomed Sharif and family at the court.
After two witnesses recorded their statements at the last hearing four more prosecution witnesses have been summoned today to record their statements and cross examination.
In the last hearing the court accepted Sharif and Maryam’s exemption applications, however an abrupt change in plans resulted in former PM appearing before the court today.
The two had sought exemption on the account of the medical condition of Nawaz’s wife, Kulsoom, who is undergoing treatment for lymphoma in London.
Latest reports, suggest that Maryam has filed an application in the court requesting a change in the exemption period. She now seeks an exemption from appearance between December 5 and January 5, 2018.
Ousted PM and family members left the court after two prosecution witnesses recorded their statements.
Meanwhile, talking to media persons, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that despite frequent sit-ins, the PML-N government took forward the country on the path of development.
He said there should not be double standards in dispensation of justice.
Responding to a question, the former Prime Minister said the parliament yesterday proved that it will not protect any law of the dictator.
The allegations against the family stem from the Panama Papers leaks in 2016 that appeared to show that Maryam and her two brothers owned offshore holding companies registered in the British Virgin Islands and used them to buy upscale flats in London.
A Supreme Court-appointed investigatory panel deemed that the family’s wealth did not match its income, and accused Maryam and her brothers of signing forged documents to obscure ownership of offshore companies used to buy the London flats.
The panel’s report was the basis for the Supreme Court ruling disqualifying Sharif and ordering the NAB investigation and a trial.
The high court ordered the trial to be concluded within six months, which would likely bring a verdict before general elections due next year.