ISLAMABAD - In the corruption references against Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Capt(Retd) Mohammad Safdar, three more prosecution witnesses recorded their statements who were later cross-examined by the defence counsel.

The court summons six more prosecution witnesses in the case on Jan. 9 and adjourned the hearing in all the three corruption references till that date.

When judge Mohammad Bashir of the National Accountability Court took up the corruption references, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif along with his daughter and son-in-law were present in the courtroom. Prosecution witnesses Zawar Manzoor and Tasneem Khan were also present.

Commissioner Land Revenue Tasneem Khan recorded his statement and informed the court that on the direction of Fiza Batool he went to the offices of NAB. He said that he had provided the tax record of Hassan and Hussain Nawaz as well as record duly attested by Fiza Batool to NAB officials.

To a query of defence counsel, he further informed that when he went to the offices of NAB on August 21 another official of Inland Revenue Department Jahangir Ahmad was also present there.

In the Avenfield Properties Reference, witness Assistant Director NAB Zawar Manzoor recorded his statement. He informed that the SECP official Mansoor has presented the audit record of Hudaibiya Paper Mills was submitted. He further said that the investigation officer in the case took possession of the record in his presence which was duly signed by the witness.

To a query, he informed that he appeared before the investigation officer in the case on September 6, 2017 when the clerk Mohammad Rasheed presented record comprising 11 pages which also included the judgement of Queen’s Bench UK judgement comprising four pages.

Following the recording of the statements of the witnesses, the court called in another six witnesses in these cases on Jan.9 and adjourned the hearing in these cases till that date.


INP add: Former finance minister Ishaq Dar has challenged freezing of his assets in accountability court.

In November, an accountability court had endorsed an order by the NAB to freeze all foreign and domestic assets.

Dar, in his petition on Wednesday, declared the decision of freezing his assets violation of law, on which the AC has summoned the NAB for reply on January 10.

An accountability court on Thursday endorsed an order by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to freeze all foreign and domestic assets as well as properties, bank accounts and investments of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, barring just one account which is with the Accountant General of Pakistan Revenue (AGPR).

However, Judge Muhammad Bashir turned down the NAB’s request to issue non-bailable warrant for arresting the finance minister, keeping intact the previously issued bailable warrant for appearance before the court on November 8.

The court also directed Dar’s guarantor to ensure presence of the accused on the next hearing date while treating an application for exemption from appearance as an adjournment plea.