Cross-examination of JIT head continues

Cross-examination of JIT head continues

ISLAMABAD: Defence counsel Khawaja Harris on Thursday continued cross-examination of Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head Wajid Zia in the Avenfield property reference filed by the National Accountability Court against the Sharif family.

Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir conducted the hearing of the reference.
During the course of proceedings, Wajid Zia told the accountability court that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif received 100,000 AED from the Capital FZE firm on August 11, 2013. It was the salary for the month of July 2013, which he had drawn for the last time, he added.

He, however, stated that screenshots of the firm's payment sheets did not contain Nawaz's name. Moreover, there was no receipt or bank record of receiving salary by Nawaz Sharif, he added.

To a question, Wajid Zia said the documents were related to Nawaz Sharif, though his name was not mentioned in it. Nawaz was entitled to receive 100,000 AED, but the amount mentioned on the form was 10,000 AED, he added.
He said he was not aware that who had made changes in Nawaz's contract with the Capital FZE.

The JIT head said the team members, who had travelled to Dubai, did not record the statement of the person who had sealed the documents.
The judge asked for a magnifying glass to examine the flowchart of funds as per bank transactions of the Sharifs presented by Wajid Zia.

The JIT head informed the court that the team had obtained the record of Capital FZE's employees from Jabal Ali Free Zone Authority.
The case was adjourned till Friday morning.

Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz could not appear before the accountability court due to inclement weather in Lahore, while Captain (r) Muhammad Safdar remained present in the court room. APP/AFP