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Sharif fears he may be jailed

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's ousted today claimed that the infamous was already being prepared for him and alleged that three members of the joint investigation team (JIT) formed to probe his family's business dealings abroad were his "worst political opponents".

Sharif, 68, made the remarks after appearing before an accountability court in in a corruption case concerning his family's Avenfield properties, Dawn reported.

"House cleaning has already begun in Do they know in advance that somebody is coming?" asked.

The in is an infamous prison where attack Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhavi was kept.

and some of his family members are facing charges relating to their ownership of posh properties in He resigned as in July last after the disqualified him over undeclared income.

Three cases were registered by the NAB against Sharif, his children and in the court on September 8.

The political future of Sharif has been hanging in the balance since his ouster. If convicted, he could be jailed.

His family alleges that the cases are politically motivated.

Talking to reporters today, Sharif

said the reality of the JIT's investigative report is being revealed.

"You know that the facts that went in our favour were (deliberately) hidden by the JIT," he alleged. "You already know what has come out of Wajid Zia's mouth and, in a way, he has given us a certificate (of innocence)," he further claimed.

Though the has kept up a narrative that Zia, the prosecution's star witness and of the JIT, has considerably weakened the case by failing to hold up to cross questioning, the PML-N's opponents say the court's proceedings have been misconstrued by the PML-N to present a distorted picture to give Sharif's supporters false hopes, the paper said.

Sharif alleged that of the six members of the JIT, "three are our worse political opponents. They, or their wives or [other] family members are active members of the Tehreek-e-Insaaf party," he claimed.

"My case was not a terrorism case. I was doing nothing against the interests of What was the need to include the ISI (Pakistan's intelligence agency) and in the " he asked.

Earlier, Sharif's had completed his cross-examination of Zia in the Avenfield refence, ten days after he began examining the witness.

During the examination, Zia had said that the team did not maintain a daily diary of its proceedings as it had been ordered by the to submit a report every 15 days.

He also said it was incorrect to say that the conducted the investigations against the in a biased way or with a specific agenda in mind.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 17:00 IST