NAB references: Nawaz, Maryam granted exemption from appearance


State Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Wednesday former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz was raising the public concerns through her tweets, denying an impression of slandering judiciary.

Meanwhile, Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz filed two separate petitions in the Court seeking immunity from appearances before the NAB Court. The ousted premier and his daughter requested that they be exempted from appearing in court the week after November 20 which will be spent in the company of his ailing wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who he has "been with for 40 years now".

His daughter Maryam Nawaz and Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar also reached NAB Court to attend hearing for the eighth time.

The counsels of Nawaz and his children, Khawaja Harris and Amjad Pervez, raised objection that the witness submitted unverified documents as they did not have company's stamp.

On November 8, the accountability court rejected Nawaz Sharif's plea of clubbing all three references into one.

The next hearing of the case will take place on November 22, when four more prosecution witnesses have been summoned.

The former premier and his sons, Hassan and Hussain, have been named in all three NAB cases, while Maryam and husband (Capt.) Muhammad Safdar have been named only in the Avenfield reference.

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It was the 12th hearing of Avenfield properties and Azizia Steel Mills references and 13th hearing of the Flagship Investment reference.

Mansoor recorded her statement in the Avenfield flats case, telling the court that she had appeared before the investigation officer in Lahore on August 18, and provided NAB documents containing the Sharif family's financial records, the Dawn reported.

Earlier, the court had issued perpetual warrants for Hussain and Hassan Nawaz's arrest and separated their trial from other members of the family.

He said the court ruling also carried a message that seemed to suggest "Nawaz Sharif be punished at any cost".

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.

The references against the Sharif family pertain to the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, their London properties and over dozen offshore companies owned by the family. At an earlier hearing, the court also approved Maryam and Safdar's bail in the Avenfiled properties case and ordered them to submit surety bonds worth Rs5 million each.

NAB had filed three references on Sept 8 against Sharif and his family, and another reference against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. The court had took up the petition again following the directions of the Supreme Court.