*ISLAMABAD* - The accountability court (AC) on Saturday sought its fifth extension from the Supreme Court (SC) to conclude the trial against Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz as filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
The deadline for the conclusion of proceedings in the graft references has expired without a fresh extension from the Supreme Court. Therefore, the court has sought its fifth extension from the apex court to conclude trial.
Judge Muhammad Arshad Malik has written a letter to the top court requesting more time in the trial of ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz, who are currently imprisoned at the Adiala Jail, along with their two absconding sons.
The court has summoned head of the SC-appointed Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in Panama case Wajid Zia for his cross-examination in the Al-Azizia and Hill Metal Establishment references on Monday.
The court is yet to record statements of Wajid Zia and the investigation officer in Flagship reference while the investigation officer in Al-Azizia reference has partially recorded his statement. Zia’s cross-examination would continue from Monday as, on previous hearing, the judge expressed that he intended to hear both the reference side by side and conclude them in one go.