Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar appear before accountability court in Islamabad

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif arrived at an accountability court in Islamabad with his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired Captain Muhammad Safdar early on Tuesday morning for a hearing pertaining to corruption references against the Sharif family.

During today’s hearing, five prosecution witnesses are expected to appear before the court to record their statements. The witnesses will also be cross-questioned by Nawaz’s attorney, Advocate Khawaja Haris.

This is the 12th time Nawaz has appeared before the court. Strict security arrangements have been made ahead of each of the former premier’s appearances at the accountability court. Similarly today, a heavy contingent of police was seen stationed outside the court as Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar made their way there from Punjab House.

In the previous hearing of the corruption references, the National Accountability Bureau had presented two witnesses.

NAB references

A five-member bench of the Supreme Court on July 28 had directed NAB to file references against Nawaz and his children in six weeks in the accountability court and directed the trial court to decide the references within six months.

The Supreme Court also assigned Justice Ijazul Ahsan a supervisory role to monitor the progress of the accountability court proceedings.

The former premier and his sons, Hassan and Hussain, have been named in all three NAB references, while Maryam and husband Safdar have been named only in the Avenfield reference.

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