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Nawaz heaves a sigh of relief as Accountability Court adjourns hearing

ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband Captain (retd) Safdar appeared in Accountability Court in connection with three corruption references filed against them by National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

According to our correspondent, the ex-PM and his family members were accompanied by senior PML-N leaders and workers.

As the proceeding begun, Nawaz Sharif submitted two surety bonds of Rs.5 million each for bail in Azizia Mills reference and Flagship Investment reference.

The court meanwhile deferred the hearing for 15 minutes to wait for Islamabad High Court’s decision on Nawaz Sharif’s application through which he had sought merger of all references.

Later, the IHC later issued its judgement, directing the Accountability Court to hear Nawaz Sharif petition on merger of cases. At which the Accountability Court judge adjourned the case till Nov. 7 to take up Nawaz Sharif’s plea.

The judge also suspended summons of prosecution witnesses for the next hearing, observing that arguments could not be heard till a detailed judgement.

Nawaz Sharif arrived in Pakistan yesterday, less than a month after he left for London, to appear in the court which issued bailable arrest warrants for him last week.

Sharif was ousted in July by Supreme Court this year before completing a full term, as a result of a corruption investigation against him.

The court also barred him from heading his party; however, he was later elected as chief of his own faction following legislation.

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