Nawaz, Maryam granted two-day exemption by accountability court

ISLAMABAD: The accountability court hearing corruption references against the Sharif family granted a two-day exemption from appearance to deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz on Monday.

Nawaz and Maryam are currently in Britain’s capital visiting Begum Kulsoom Nawaz. On June 14, the father and daughter left for the United Kingdom after being granted a brief exemption from the ongoing corruption trial.

While the father and daughter were en-route to London, the former first lady suffered a cardiac arrest and was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and placed on a ventilator.

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During Monday’s court proceedings, the defence counsel presented Begum Kulsoom’s medical reports stating that her cardiac functions had improved and added that she is dependent on a ventilator for the time being.

Explaining that the former first lady was in single organ failure, the doctors said they plan to “optimise her lung function before performing a Tracheostomy to help wean her from the ventilator.”

Barrister Saad Hashmi told the court that Begum Kulsoom was yet to regain consciousness. After the defence counsel submitted a plea for exemption, counsel Khawaja Harris stressed that the purpose of the trial was to face charges which his client was already contesting. “The case proceedings are uninterrupted,” he noted. “We are not using any delaying tactics.”

Nawaz, Maryam granted one-day exemption

However, National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) deputy prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar said that since reports showed improvement in Begum Kulsom’s condition, Nawaz and Maryam had no reason to stay by her side in London.

Meanwhile, prosecution witness and Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head Wajid Zia is scheduled to appear before the accountability court in the Al Azizia reference on July 3 for cross-examination. Counsel for Maryam and her husband Captain (retd) Safdar, Amjad Pervaiz will also continue final arguments before the court.

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