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Nawaz's counsel objects to JIT report's admissibility as evidence in Avenfield reference

12:13 PM | 25 Jun, 2018
Nawaz's counsel objects to JIT report's admissibility as evidence in Avenfield reference
ISLAMABAD - Nawaz Sharif's lawyer Khawaja Haris has requested the accountability court in Islamabad not to treat the report prepared by Joint Investigation Team as evidence.

Resuming his arguments in the Avenfield reference on Monday, the lawyer argued that he would respond to the second part of the statement of NAB's star witness Wajid Zia.

As the hearing was underway the accountability court Judge Muhammad Bashir remarked that none of the accused - Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Captain (r) Safdar - were present in the ciurtroom.

To this, Haris replied that Maryam and Sharif were not in the country and Captain (retd) Safdar would appear in court shortly.

Nawaz's lawyer contended that a summary of documents not presented by his client could not be used against him, saying that the investigation officer's opinion could not be considered as acceptable evidence in the case.

Regarding the letters sent to the JIT by the Qatari prince in response to the former's queries, Nawaz's lawyer asserted that the letters had nothing to with his client, Nawaz Sharif.

He also objected to the highlighting of contradictions by the six-member JIT  and claimed that it was the court's job.

Haris alleged that the investigation officer was under influence because of giving his opinion.

"Wajid Zia could have presented the letters, but he should not have commented on them," Nawaz's lawyer informed the court, adding that Nawaz was mentioned in one page 28 of the JIT head's statement.

In the last hearing on June 23, Haris in his concluding arguments said the prosecution had to prove the ownership of the London flats in the case. He reiterated that his client was neither the beneficial owner of the upscale London apartments nor had anything to do with the properties.

Nawaz Sharif and his sons Hussain and Hasan are accused in all three references - Hill Metal establishment, London flats and offshore firms -  whereas his daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar are named in the Avenfield reference only.

Hussain 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.

The writer is a civil servant.


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 19 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 19, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25 345.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.09 748.09
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.44 38.84
Danish Krone DKK 39.69 40.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.64 911.64
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.31 25.61
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.08 307.58
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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