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Pak court rejects NAB's plea to include JIT report in Sharif's Avenfield case

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

An anti-graft court in today rejected a plea of the anti-corruption watchdog to include the report of Joint Investigation Team as a part of the Avenfield case record, in which ousted premier and his family members are accused.

In its July 28, 2017 ruling in the case, the had given the (NAB) six months to complete its proceedings on the corruption cases against members of the

Acting on the apex court's order, NAB had initially filed four cases against the Sharifs and former minister


Three cases were registered on September 8 against Sharif, 68, and his family and one case against Dar.

The request was made by of the (FIA) and JIT head, Wajid Zia, who also appeared before the court to record his statement against Sharifs during a hearing.

The former prime minister, along with his daughter and Muhammad Safdar, appeared before but he was allowed to leave early due to his bad health.

Zia recorded his statement as the NAB's main persecution witness, and with his testimony, the Avenfield flats case, on Sharif's properties in London, has entered in the final phase.

and Safdar are co-accused in the case and were present during testimony.

It was for the second time in two days that the former was allowed to leave early during the hearing for not being well.

Apart from Sharif, his two sons -- and Hussain --are also accused in three cases which include the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, and Avenfield properties of

and Safdar are co-accused only in Avenfield case and are facing trial along with Sharif, but his sons never appeared in the court and were declared absconders.

The court also observed that their trial would be held separately.

Meanwhile, the government today gave an extension of three years to Justice Bashir.

approved extension in the judge's tenure, a day after the government assured the that the tenure of Justice Bashir would be extended.

The was appointed in 2012 and the government on the suggestion of the extended his tenure for three years in 2015. He was to retire on March 13.

Yesterday, a three-member bench of the gave two more months to the accountability court to conclude its hearing in cases against Sharif and three month to wrap up cases against Dar.

The initial six-month deadline given by the apex court was to expire on March 13.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 19:35 IST
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