Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Nawaz accuses courts of 'double standard' as corruption trial begins

Nawaz accuses courts of 'double standard' as corruption trial begins

They further informed the court that notifications to appear before the court had been sent to Nawaz's sons at their residences in Pakistan, including 180-181, Block H, Model Town, Lahore, and Shamim Farm, Jati Umra, Raiawind Road, Lahore, and were also pasted on the notice board at Federal Judicial Complex. Sharif said that he wanted to go to London to visit his ailing wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, who is London for cancer treatment.

Maryam also submitted an exemption request saying that she will appear before the court whenever she is summoned.

The former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said the Courts had dual standards, adding they had been struggling against the double standards of Courts.

During the proceedings, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan's (SECP) Joint Registrar Sidra Mansoor recorded her statement as the first witness in the Avenfield flats reference.

She added that she provided NAB with the 2000-2005 audit report of Hudabiya Paper Mills.

Ahmad has been called to appear in court again on November 22 for cross-questioning in the next hearing of the case.

Although on previous date of hearing, Accountability Court Judge Mohammad Bashir exempted Nawaz Sharif and other accused, Maryam Nawaz and Capt (retd) Safdar, for Tuesday as the court was to take up the issue of clubbing of the references issue but Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt Safdar appeared before the court and spent well over couple of hours hearing his counsel giving arguments in support of clubbing the three references.


At the hearing of the references on Oct 9, Judge Muhammad Bashir had accepted NAB's plea to declare Hussain and Hassan proclaimed offenders and separated their trial proceedings in the three references filed against them.

According to Geo News, the former prime minister criticized the courts when a journalist asked him to comment on relief Imran Khan got in cases against him.

Rejecting the charges in the three references and pleading not guilty, as his representative had done earlier, Nawaz said in court that he was denied the right to a fair trial and his basic rights were not protected. The three references against the Sharif family are related to the Flagship Investment Ltd, the Avenfield (London) properties and Jeddah-based Al-Azizia Company and Hill Metal Establishment.

Orders have also been given to confiscate their shares in six companies.

Safdar was also directed to take the court's permission before leaving the country from now on.

The April 2016 Panama Papers revealed that three of Sharif's children owned offshore assets not shown on his family's wealth statement, including luxury apartments in London.

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