NAB references against Sharif Family

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NAB references against Sharif Family

ISLAMABAD:Hearing of avenfield reference against sharif family is underway in accountability court, islamabad as counsel for former prime minister nawaz sharif continues cross examination of main prosecution witness wajid zia.

Accountability court judge Muhammad Bashir is hearing the reference filed by National Accountability Bureau.

The accountability court granted exemption to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz from personal appearance in today’s hearing.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz could not reach Islamabad from Lahore due to inclement weather. 

During yesterday's hearing, Joint Investigation Team head Wajid Zia had informed the court that neither Nawaz Sharif himself nor any witness claimed that the former Prime Minister remained associated with the business of Gulf Steel Mills. 

To a question, Zia stated that the team had written to UAE government to get information regarding the establishment of Gulf Steel Mills but no reply has been received, saying that Tariq Shafi also couldn't provide the documents regarding the matter. 

He informed the court that the JIT's probe was limited to the scope of documents. 

In response to questions, Wajid Zia confirmed that neither Nawaz himself nor any witness claimed that the former premier remained associated with the Gulf Steel Mills or Ahli Steel Mills. 

Wajid Zia also asserted that there was no proof that Nawaz Sharif benefited from the sale of 75 per cent shares of Gulf Steel Mills. APP/AFP