Al-Azizia reference: Trial court accepts Nawaz’s one-day exemption


Staff Report


An accountability court (AC) in Islamabad on Thursday accepted a plea of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, seeking a one-day exemption from personal appearance before the court in the Al-Azizia reference.

When AC judge Arshad Malik took up the case for hearing, a counsel for the ousted prime minister filed the exemption plea, which the court accepted.

The Al-Azizia reference has been filed against the Sharif family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

During the course of proceeding, NAB prosecutor argued that accused’s statement in Al-Azizia reference should be recorded under section 342 before the court took Flagship reference.

However, Sharif’s counsel Khawaja Harris said that his client will record his statement under section 342 after statements of witness were recorded in the Flagship reference.

Meanwhile, the trail court has summoned Joint Investigation Team chief Wajid Zia for recording his statement in the Al-Azizia reference on Friday (today) when the trial court will resume hearing in the case.