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Avenfield case: Court gives Nawaz, family more time to record statements

Avenfield case: Court gives Nawaz, family more time to record statements

An accountability court in Pakistan has raised over 100 questions to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law on their posh properties in London, according to a media report on Thursday.

The court adjourned the Avenfield reference hearing till Monday to record the statements of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and retired Captain Safdar, under Section 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar opposed the suggestion and said that the questions, which are legible being replied, while the answers to not understandable questions being given later.

Objecting to the plea, the prosecution said the defence just wants to waste time.

Judge Mohammad Bashir handed over the questionnaire to the counsel for the Sharif family with a directive that the court would record their testimony tomorrow, Dawn newspaper reported.

Moreover, the court ruled that Panama case JIT head Wajid Zia, whose cross-examination in the Al Azizia reference was to resume on Monday, should now appear in court on Tuesday.

During a parliamentary committee meeting, Shahbaz, while defending his brother, said: "No one is more patriotic than Nawaz Sharif".

The accused were directed to record their statements in line with the questionnaire.

Former Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif along with daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar were charged in Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Avenfield Properties and Flagship Investment Limited reference cases in September past year by NAB following the Panama Papers verdict.

NAB had earlier filed interim references in all three cases and later added supplementary references to them with new evidence and witnesses.

The court originally had a deadline of six months which ended in mid-March but was extended for two months after the judge requested the apex court.

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