Haris concludes final arguments in Avenfield property reference

Haris concludes final arguments in Avenfield property reference

ISLAMABAD: Nawaz Sharif's counsel Khawaja Haris on Wednesday finally completed his concluding arguments in Avenfield property reference before accountability court.

Accountability court judge Muhammad Bashir resumed hearing on Avenfield property reference filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz couldn't appear before court due to exemption from hearing.

During hearing, the court directed the defense counsel to conclude his final arguments as it were continue for last six consecutive days.

Giving his arguments, Haris stated that NAB had no option other than filing references against his clients. Criticizing on NAB, he said self made and unverified documents regarding the Nawaz Sharif's job with Capital FZE Company were presented. No name of his client was mentioned on the screen shot of the salary slip and payment sheet, he said.

He said the JIT has also failed to provide the evidence regarding salary transfer into the account of former prime minister.

Haris said the matter of Capital FZE company was not relevant to the Avenfield property reference.

He said the prosecution didn't produce any witness regarding sending members of joint investigation team (JIT) to Dubai for investigation.

Talking about Qatri Prince's statement, the defense counsel argued that the JIT didn't explain the concerned record in its letter written to Qatri prince. The prince never refused to record his statement, he said, adding that he only refused to visit Pakistan for testimony.

The JIT presented strict conditions to Qatri prince to record his statement, saying that he was asked to testify through video link.

During hearing, Haris requested the court to adjourn final arguments till June28 (Thursday) but the court rejected the same and directed him to complete his argument.

After concluding final arguments, the court adjourned hearing of the case till Thursday, wherein Maryam Nawaz's counsel Amjad Pervaiz would start his final arguments in Avenfield property reference. APP/AFP