Graft cases: Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar appear before NAB court


Earlier, it was reported, based on sources, that NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal has approved the filing of references.

New evidences gathered against the Sharif family have been made a part of the supplementary references.

He claimed that PML-N will soon divided in fictions like MQM and Nawaz Sharif future was not different from MQM founder Altaf Hussain.

The references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Flagship Investment Ltd and Avenfield properties in London.

Four prosecution witnesses recorded their statements before the court in the graft references filed against the former premier and his family members.

Accountability court on Thursday has rejected exemption from appearance plea submitted by ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar in Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Flagship Investment and Avenfield properties references.

Wednesday wrote to interior ministry to include names of former Premier Nawaz Sharif in the Exit Control List (ECL).

The name of an accused is put on the ECL so that he could not go overseas to avoid an investigation or a judicial process.

Meanwhile, Tallal Chaudhry said that according to the constitution of Pakistan no one could be barred from leaving the country without a reason.

Mr Sharif among the three accused are attending hearings of courts with consistency.

Tallal further said that the issue would be reviewed to see if it aims to target a person or is permitted by the law.

Mr Sharif and his family members are being tried in accountability court for alleged corruption.

But they will return after a few days and will be present in the accountability court at the time of announcement of judgments in these cases.

The references were filed in compliance with the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict previous year.

The Supreme Court also assigned Justice Ijazul Ahsan a supervisory role to monitor the progress of the accountability court proceedings. NAB filed a supplementary reference in the Avenfield case on January 22.