Pak panel set to declare Nawaz Sharif's sons absconders

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The minister said there was no allegation or prove of corruption against Nawaz Sharif.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain (retd.) Safdar will appear before the Accountability Court today (Wednesday) in corruption cases.

A five-member bench of the Supreme Court on July 28 had directed NAB to file references against Nawaz and his children in six weeks in the accountability court and directed the trial court to decide the references within six months.

The former premier and his sons, Hassan and Hussain, have been named in all three NAB references, while Maryam and husband Safdar have been named only in the Avenfield reference.

The former prime minister rejected all corruption charges while pleading not guilty and opted to contest them.

Moreover, Hussain and Hasan Nawaz were also declared proclaimed offenders due to continuous no-show at the court proceedings.

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Ahmad has been called to appear in court again in Nov 22 for cross-questioning in the next hearing of the case. He asked for one week exemption from November 20.

Earlier, when Sharif was in London in connection with treatment of his wife Kulsoom Nawaz, he was indicted in the graft references through his pleader Zafir Khan on October 19 and 20 respectively. The duo nominated Jahangir Jadoon as Maryam's representative in her absence.

The Sharifs then exited the court, however, the hearing is now under way.

The decision on both requests was reserved and stated to be announced around 1pm.

Mansoor, the witness in the Avenfield reference, recorded her statement in the court. She informed the judge that she had appeared before the NAB Lahore team on August 18 and also provided the required documents.

She added that she provided NAB with the 2000-2005 audit report of Hudabiya Paper Mills.

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Defending the authenticity of the documents, Mansoor said that the photocopies were provided to the SECP by the Sharifs' company as per the law.

After Mansoor recorded her statement and was cross-examined, the court recorded the statement of Ahmed, the witness in the Al Azizia reference.

Speaking to the reporters after the hearing, the former premier underscored that the PML-N will continue working to end the courts' dual standards.

"These courts have double standards".

With regards to Nawaz's sons, the court had already separated their trial as they have been a constant no-show in court.

Other Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) leaders including Tariq Fatemi, Saad Rafique, Talal Chaudhry and Marriyum Aurangzeb were also present during the hearing.

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At the previous hearing, the judge formally framed charges against Nawaz Sharif in his presence in all the three references separately and got his signs on the copies of the indictment orders.

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