Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has been allowed to present fresh documents in the Flagship reference filed against the members of the former ruling family in line with the directives of the apex court.

During the hearing of the case on Friday, Judge Arshad Malick of the accountability court announced the verdict on a plea filed by the Investigation officer of NAB, Muhammad Kamran who had sought the permission of court in this regard.

A day earlier, NAB’s prosecutor Muzaffar Abbasi expressed that the communication regarding the Mutual Legal Assistance was carried out by the Joint Investigation Team, however, the replies on the queries were to be obtained by the anti-graft body.

He argued that the concerned states were informed about the relevant department to which they had to reply on the Mutual Legal Assistance, adding that such letters need to be brought to the court record.

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The request was, however, opposed by the counsel for Nawaz Sharif, Khawaja Haris though the NAB court has now allowed the accountability watchdog to furnish new documents.

If they present new documents then they should also present relevant witnesses, argued Khawaja Haris.

As many as three references have been filed against the former premier in line with the directives of the supreme court in the Panama Papers case verdict – a decision that ousted Nawaz Sharif from the PM House in July last year.

The elder Sharif was sentenced to ten years in prison by the accountability court judge Muhammad Bashir, in the Avenfield reference, however, the conviction was suspended by a two-member bench of the Islamabad High Court.

Besides Flagship reference, another reference regarding the Al-Azizia steel mills has also been filed by the accountability watchdog against the members of the former ruling family including Nawaz Sharif.