Trial courts asks Nawaz, Maryam to attend proceedings
Islamabad (TP): The trial court on Monday asked former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz — both are currently in London to tend to ailing Kulsoom Nawaz who is reportedly on a ventilator — to appear in the court to face the proceedings in the NAB references filed against them.
At the same time, the trial court rejected their plea seeking a seven-day personal exemption from court appearance and granted a three-day reprieve with the directives to appear in the court from Wednesday in the Avenfield properties reference. The application for personal exemption for both the father and the daughter was submitted by their counsel Amjad Pervez and Saad Hashmi.
The hearing into the Avenfield reference is likely to be concluded on Tuesday as defence counsel Khawaja Harris has continuously been arguing before the court in the same reference in the absence of his client, Sharif.
Meanwhile, the trial court had already summoned Joint Investigation Team head and NAB witness Wajid Zia for cross-questioning in the Al-Azizia reference on Tuesday.
In the application for the personal exemption, it was contended that Sharif could not return to the country as his wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, had a heart attack and she was put on life-supporting ventilator in an intensive care unit and she could not recuperate and gain consciousness yet. The counsel argued that as soon as she regains consciousness, Sharif and his daughter will return to the country and join the court proceedings.
The trial court judge, however, rejected the plea for a one-week exemption and directed Sharif and Maryam to join the proceedings on Wednesday.
Earlier, Sharif and his daughter were granted a week’s personal exemption from appearance in the said case.