Nawaz Sharif, Maryam, Safdar indicted in Avenfield property reference

ISLAMABAD: An Accountability Court (AC) of Islamabad Wednesday indicted former prime minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Captain (retd) Mohammad Safdar in Avenfleld flats reference filed by National Accountability Bureau and summoned witnesses to testify on October 26.

The court, however, fixed October 20, as a date to indict Nawaz Sharif in Flagship Investment and offshore companies reference.

The court summoned witnesses including Sidra Mansoor, an officer of Security Exchange Commission, and Jamshaid Ahmed in Avenfield property and Azizia Steel Mills reference respectively to testify on next hearing.

Zafar Khan, former prime minister’s nominee as his representative in accountability court, was also in attendance. The accused, however, denied all the charges against them and vowed to context the case.

AC Judge Mohammad Bashir read the charges against Mohammad Nawaz Sharif.

Reading the statement of Nawaz Sharif on his behalf, Zafar Khan said a transparent trial was his right and the constitution protected his right in that regard. The apex court had ordered to complete trial within six months.

The monitoring judge was appointed in the case particularly, which had no precedent, he added.

Earlier, the court dismissed two separate pleas filed by Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz and his husband Captain (retd) Safdar seeking to halt the indictment process.

Ayesha Hamid, pleaded the court to suspend proceedings until the Supreme Court decides on her client’s plea regarding the re-filing of references.

Similarly, Maryam and MNA Capt (retd) Safdar’s counsel, Amjad Pervez, argued that his clients were not provided with the complete documents of the case and thus the indictment process should be halted. The requests were turned down by the court.

On which, the legal team of Nawaz Sharif filed another plea seeking to club the three references against Sharif family members for hearing.

Counsel for Nawaz Sharif, Ayesha Hamid argued that separate trial could not be conducted on one allegation. The evidence comprising three thousand pages were submitted separately in three references, she added, saying the six witnesses in three references were the same.

The NAB prosecutor Afzal Qureshi requested the court to indict the accused in three references separately. The witness were the same only in context of JIT report, he added.

After hearing the arguments from both sides, the court dismissed the plea seeking clubbing the three references for hearing.