ISLAMABAD: The accountability court hearing three corruption cases against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family adjourned the hearing of Al Azizia Steel Mills case against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif until tomorrow due to the absence of lawyers and witlessness.
Sharif’s counsel and witnesses were unable to attend the hearing due to roadblocks in the capital city due to a sit-in by a religious group. Judge Muhammad Bashir adjourned the hearing before the proceedings started.
PML-N representative Captain (rtd) Safdar, who arrived at the judicial complex, said that he couldn’t contact anyone including the party leader.
“Witnesses from Lahore couldn’t reach Islamabad today,” Safdar said.
Meanwhile, four prosecution witnesses were summoned on last Wednesday to record their statements after two witnesses recorded their statements at the last hearing and were cross-examined.
Nawaz and his family are facing three corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case.
Nawaz and his two sons, Hussain and Hasan, are nominated in all three references whereas Maryam and her husband MNA Capt (retd) Safdar are only accused in one.
Safdar is also present for today’s hearing. He arrived after the former premier and his daughter.
As the hearing began, Maryam submitted a request asking the court to alter her exemption period. The former premier’s daughter now seeks exemption from court appearance from December 5, 2017 to January 5, 2018.
Similarly, Nawaz has now sought from the court exemption from an appearance from December 5-12.
The court is yet to rule on the requests.