My hands are clean, claims Nawaz af­ter court hear­ing

The Pak Banker - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Re­porter ISLAMABAD

The ac­count­abil­ity court con­duct­ing cor­rup­tion pro­ceed­ings against for­mer prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif and his fam­ily con­cluded the day's hear­ing on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. Nawaz, while speak­ing to Geo News, said he has ap­peared be­fore courts on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and claimed his hands are clean. The de­posed prime min­is­ter, while leav­ing the ac­count­abil­ity court premises, fur­ther claimed that he has never in­dulged in cor­rupt prac­tices and never com­mit­ted any crime.

Nawaz, once again, ex­pressed his be­wil­der­ment at the cor­rup­tion ref­er­ences reg­is­tered against him.

Dur­ing to­day's hear­ing, Mo­ham­mad Ab­dul Wahid, a di­rec­tor gen­eral at the fed­eral in­for­ma­tion min­istry, recorded his state­ment in court.

Nawaz and daugh­ter Maryam ar­rived in the cap­i­tal from La­hore ear­lier to­day and reached the court along with se­nior party lead­ers and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials. Nawaz's son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Saf­dar was also present in court. The hear­ing of the case was ad­journed on Tues­day ow­ing to the ab­sence of the lead de­fence coun­sel, Khawaja Har­ris.

Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity

Bureau (NAB) filed three cor­rup­tion ref­er­ences against the Sharif fam­ily in Septem­ber last year in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 ver­dict in the Panama Pa­pers case. The ref­er­ences per­tain to the Al- Az­izia Steel Mills, off­shore com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Flag­ship In­vest­ment Ltd, and Aven­field prop­er­ties of Lon­don.

Four pros­e­cu­tion wit­ness-

es in the Aven­field ref­er­ence were slated to record their state­ments at the last hear­ing. More­over, the date for record­ing state­ments of two UKbased wit­nesses was also to be de­ter­mined yes­ter­day.

At the hear­ing on Fri­day, the court had ap­proved NAB's plea to record state­ments of the two UK-based wit­nesses via video link in the Aven­field ref­er­ence.

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