Avenfield reference: Classified volume X of JIT report in spotlight again amid Wajid Zia's cross examination

01:12 PM | 3 Apr, 2018
Avenfield reference: Classified volume X of JIT report in spotlight again amid Wajid Zia's cross examination
ISLAMABAD - The volume X of the report formulated by Joint Investigation Team in the purview of Panama Case verdict was once again discussed in the accountability court on Tuesday, hearing corruption reference filed against former premier Nawaz Sharif and his family members.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam were exempted from physical appearance, for a day, in the Avenfield properties reference filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau, however, his counsel, Khawaja Haris  requested the court to direct Wajid Zia, head of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), to de-classify volume 10 of the report.

“Would you file an application to the SC requesting to unseal volume 10?” Harris questioned. “Yes, I would,” Zia responded, prompting Haris to request the court to direct the Zia to file an application in this regard.

The hearing resumed with Harris questioning Zia on Mutual Legal Assistance (MLAs) sent by the JIT to Central Authority, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Justice, Dubai.

“Seven MLAs were sent to the department, four were sent together and the rest were sent on different dates,” Zia informed the court.

The defence then probed the JIT head on whether the MLAs were sent to anyone else besides the ministry of justice, to which Zia replied in the negative.

To this, Harris stated, “What if I told you that you did send MLAs pertaining to Tariq Shafee to someone else?”

Zia then replied that he would have to confirm such correspondence, saying that the information is sealed in volume ten of the JIT report.

Harris then inquired: Do you know that a copy of volume 10 was provided to NAB?.

“I don’t know,” Zia responded.

Harris then went on to ask Zia, “Who asked to seal volume 10 of the JIT?”

Zia replied saying that the JIT had requested the SC to seal it adding that all copies of volume ten were sealed by the apex court or by NAB, Express Tribune reported.

“I don’t think that volume 10 was submitted in a sealed condition to SC,” Zia said.

Earlier, the exemption to Sharif family members was granted after Khawaja Haris informed the accountability court judge Muhammad Bashir that the duo stuck in Lahore owing to bad weather, however, the court directed Nawaz's son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar to remain in court and started the hearing of the reference.

The case, based on a reference filed by the graft-buster on the Supreme Court's directions in the aftermath of Panama case verdict, pertains to the Sharif family's apartments in the upscale neighbourhood of London.

Nawaz's counsel is currently cross-examining the primary witness, Wajid Zia, who also headed the six-member Joint Investigation Team that probed into the wheelings and dealings of the Sharif family.

Zia is being cross-examined since the last few hearings after having recorded his statement earlier over several weeks.

Cases Against embattled Sharif Family

As many as three corruption references had been filed against the Sharif family, on the directives of the top court which pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties of London.

Nawaz Sharif and his sons Hussain and Hasan are accused in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar are named in the Avenfield reference only.

Hussian and Hassan Nawaz are UK-based and have been absconding since the proceedings began last year, however, the former premier has been showing up regularly before the court of judge Muhammad Bashir.


Rupee remains stable against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham and Riyal; check forex rates

Pakistani rupee remained stable against US dollar in the open bank market on Friday.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Friday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.3 for buying and 288.15 for selling.

Euro moves down to 311 for buying and 314 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 361.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.20.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan – 1 December 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.3 288.15
Euro EUR 311 314
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 361.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 78 78.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 76.2 77
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.67 767.67
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.59 39.98
Danish Krone DKK 41.38 41.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.63 36.98
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.7 935.7
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 741.26 749.26
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.63 78.33
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 26.93 27.23
Swiss Franc CHF 325.9 328.4
Thai Bhat THB 8.23 8.38

Gold rates drop in Pakistan; Check today’s gold rates 1 December 2023

KARACHI – The gold price continues to climb up in the local market in line of upward trend in international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 1 December 2023

On Thursday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs217,400, and the price for 10-gram gold reached Rs186,390.

Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs199,282, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs190,225 and 18k gold rate hovers around Rs163,050.

In international market, the price of precious metal hovers around $2,045 per ounce.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Karachi PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Islamabad PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Peshawar PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Quetta PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Sialkot PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Attock PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Gujranwala PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Jehlum PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Multan PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Bahawalpur PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Gujrat PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Nawabshah PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Chakwal PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Hyderabad PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Nowshehra PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Sargodha PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Faisalabad PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Mirpur PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696


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