Court shoots down Sharif's trial under treason charges for Mumbai attack remarks

PTI chairman Imran Khan, PML-N quaid Nawaz Sharif /File

PTI chairman Imran Khan, PML-N quaid Nawaz Sharif /File

Nawaz appeared in court today along with Maryam and Safdar.

A top Pakistani court on Thursday dismissed three petitions submitted by opposition parties to initiate treason proceedings against the embattled ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif for his controversial statement on the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, declaring them "non-maintainable".

The court adjourned the Avenfield reference hearing till Monday to record the statements of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and retired Captain Safdar, under Section 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

The Avenfield reference, pertaining to the Sharif family's London properties, is among three filed against Sharif family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) past year on the Supreme Court's directives. However, the prosecution raised his concern and said that the defence is wasting court's time. However, Wajid Zia is the head of Panama Case JIT and also recorded testimonies in the Al Azizia Reference.

Responding to former president Asif Ali Zardari's statement, Nawaz Sharif said that no one will escape from the accountability now.

A questionnaire comprising 127 queries related to the upscale London flats was handed over to the embattled Sharif family; the accused were directed to record their statements as per the questionnaire on a request made by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi.

Former Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif along with daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar were charged in Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Avenfield Properties and Flagship Investment Limited reference cases in September a year ago by NAB following the Panama Papers verdict.

Nawaz and sons Hussain and Hasan are accused in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Safdar are accused in the Avenfield reference only.

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