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Nawaz requests court to hear closing arguments of Avenfield, Al-Azizia, Flagship together

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Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s legal counsel submitted a miscellaneous petition in the court requesting for final arguments in all the three references to be heard together.

The Avenfield reference, pertaining to the Sharifs’ London properties, is among three filed against the family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) last year on the Supreme Court’s directives.

As the hearing resumed on Tuesday, junior defense counsel Saad Hashmi remarked that the National Accountability Bureau’s claims that the facts in all three references are different are “incorrect”.

“NAB brought Gulf Steel Mills, Qatari letter in all the references,” he said, adding that the witnesses in the references are also the same. “The final arguments should be postponed till Wajid Zia and investigating officer record their statements in remaining two references,” the petition states.

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All three references have been formed on the basis of Panamagate Joint Investigation Team report, which was ordered by the apex court to probe assets of the Sharif family, Hashmi added. Nawaz left the court shortly after filing the petition.

However, the accountability court dismissed Tuesday the miscellaneous petition, submitted by the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, requesting for final arguments in all the three references against the Sharif family to be heard together.

On Monday’s hearing, the court had directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi to submit final arguments in London properties reference today and postponed the cross-examination of Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head Wajid Zia till June 11.