Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz gets exemption from Accountability Court

Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz gets exemption from Accountability Court

ISLAMABAD: Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam were exempted on Tuesday from attending the corruption hearings against them for four days. The former premier and his daughter are in London to tend to Nawaz's wife Begum Kulsoom who is under treatment there.

As Accountability Court Judge Mohammad Bashir started hearing the three National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references against the Sharif family, the counsels of Nawaz and Maryam submitted appearance exemption requests of their clients for a week.

The court, however, accepted the plea for four days only and adjourned the hearing of the Avenfield case until tomorrow.

Khawaja Haris, the chief counsel in the three corruption cases against Nawaz, resumed his role as lead counsel on Tuesday after previously recusing himself from the case.

As the hearing started today, the judge inquired from Haris if he was in court to withdraw his request ending his power of attorney for Nawaz.

“First, I have to file another petition. I have a right to know whether the court will hear the three cases simultaneously or separately,” Haris responded.

To this, the accountability court judge said Haris’ request last week to withdraw the power of attorney was never accepted in the first place.

However, NAB prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi pointed out, “We did not even object and the request was dismissed.”

Haris then requested the prosecution "to coordinate with each other and try our best to not pull each other's legs".

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