ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed the Accountability Court-II to record former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s objections to the alleged changes in the statement of prosecution witness Wajid Zia.
The court was hearing the Al-Azizia and Hill Metal Establishment references against the deposed prime minister’s family. During the hearing, Justice Athar Minallah remarked that the court will ensure free and fair trial in the two references. Justice Minallah said: “The NAB should show grace because this is an extraordinary case. In future, it is better to solve these small issues there”.
He further remarked: “Any court cannot change or alter the statement in record in the name of correction. As per law, questions and answers should be recorded as it is.” In his petition, Khawaja Haris alleged that Judge Arshad Mehmood tampered the record during cross-examination of the JIT head Wajid Zia in Al-Azizia and Hill Metal Establishment references. He alleged that without providing him with an opportunity to contest the prosecutor’s assertion, the judge made changes to Wajid Zia’s statement.
Meanwhile, the Accountability Court-II adjourned the hearing into the references till September 5. Khawaja Haris informed the judge that the IHC had allowed his petition to make his objections part of the record. Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Khawaja Asif, Pervaiz Rasheed and some other PML-N leaders were present in the court.