NAB references: Accountability court rejects Sharif family's exemption plea

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The former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said there should have been a difference in the language of politicians and the judges.

During the last hearing, the Sharif family filed an application, seeking a fortnight's exemption from personal attendance from February 19 onwards on the grounds that the former First Lady's treatment is in final stages and the family needed to be with her in London.

The references were filed in an accountability court in the federal capital following approval from NAB chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal.

However, it remains to be seen whether Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal directs his ministry to place his party chief Nawaz Sharif on the ECL.

Earlier today, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) asked the Interior Ministry to place the names of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain (r) Safdar on the Exit-Control List.

Sharif along with his sons-Hussain and Hassan - has been named in three NAB references, while his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt. Safdar have been nominated in a reference with regard to the Sharif family's London-based Avenfield properties.

He claimed that PML-N will soon divided in fictions like MQM and Nawaz Sharif future was not different from MQM founder Altaf Hussain.

NAB was also allowed to record witnesses statements through video link in Avenfield reference against Sharif family and directed to approach Robert Radley and Raja Akhtar.

In the appeal, Maryam's lawyer, Advocate Amjad Pervez, had said that it was important for the appellants to go to London in order to visit the former premier's wife Kulsoom, who is suffering from cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy.

Mr Sharif among the three accused are attending hearings of courts with consistency.

Reacting to NAB's plea, Senator Pervaiz Rashid said that the bureau should not target those who were facing trials and the Sharif family held itself "answerable before the courts".

The references were filed in compliance with the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict previous year.

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