Court con­cludes hear­ing NAB ref­er­ences

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An ac­count­abil­ity court has re­served its ver­dict in the Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau’s (NAB) Flag­ship In­vest­ment and Al-Az­izia ref­er­ences against for­mer prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif, DawnNewsTV re­ported on Wednes­day. The ver­dict will be an­nounced on De­cem­ber 24 (Mon­day), which is the re­vised dead­line set by the Supreme Court to wrap up the ref­er­ences. The ac­count­abil­ity court had in­dicted Sharif in the said ref­er­ences for hold­ing as­sets be­yond his known sources of in­come in Au­gust 2017. Sharif ’s coun­sel Khawaja Haris to­day fur­nished doc­u­ments re­lated to Hasan Nawaz’s off­shore com­pa­nies and asked ac­count­abil­ity court judge Ar­shad Ma­lik for more time to sub­mit ad­di­tional doc­u­ments. The re­quest for a full week’s time was, how­ever, turned down by the judge, who told Haris that he can sub­mit the doc­u­ments in court lat­est by Mon­day. Haris, while pre­sent­ing his fi­nal ar­gu­ment to­day, told the judge that “Nawaz Sharif has never ad­mit­ted that he re­ceived a salary from Cap­i­tal FZE”, adding that his client’s po­si­tion in the said com­pany was “hon­ourary”. The coun­sel claimed that Sharif had ob­tained em­ploy­ment in Cap­i­tal FZE for visa pur­poses only. Not a penny’s cor­rup­tion proven against me: Sharif Sharif, fol­low­ing the hear­ing, had a brief chat with me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives out­side the court, dur­ing which he claimed that “not a penny of cor­rup­tion was proven against me”.“This was my 78th ap­pear­ance in this case and in the one be­fore we had ap­peared 87 times,” he said. “This was a very painful [ex­pe­ri­ence]. “I have been serv­ing the peo­ple for 35 years. I have been the chief min­is­ter twice and the prime min­is­ter thrice. I am very happy that I have done my duty, and I think that since I have stepped in pol­i­tics I have never in­dulged in cor­rup­tion nor have I ever mis­used my pow­ers.” The for­mer prime min­is­ter also lauded the me­dia for its re­spon­si­ble re­port­ing on the cases against him and “con­vey­ing the facts to the na­tion”.

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