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NAB references: Wajid Zia submits sealed letter of Qatari prince in court

ISLAMABAD: Prosecution witness Wajid Zia, former head of the Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on Friday has submitted a real sealed letter of Qatari prince in accountability court hearing references against Sharif family.

During the proceedings headed by Justice Mohammad Bashir, ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar appeared in the court.

Wajid Zia presented the letter after which Maryam’s lawyer said it’s not the letter that was submitted on Thursday. Zia’s counsel told that this letter was received from Supreme Court’s (SC) registrar office while the other one was obtained from Foreign Office.

Meanwhile, trust deed of Maryam and Hussain Nawaz was also presented in the court over which Wajid Zia said that he wants to show the documents of Dutch bank but he is not finding them at this time.

It seems that you need break again, Justice Bashir said to Wahid Zia.

Subsequently, the court has refused to make the letter as part of record and directed to file another petition in this regard.

Previously, defence lawyer had raised objection over Wajid Zia’s statement upon which the court asked the witness to present the documents in sequence to avoid any ambiguity.

NAB prosecutor Sardar Mazhar Abbasi said that it is required to read from a paper book to refresh the memory over which, lawyer Ayesha Hamid demanded to write it that the witness recorded his statement while reading from a paper book.

The court had also partially accepted Maryam Nawaz’s request to not make the report of JIT as part of the case.

SC disqualified Sharif from office in July over unreported sources of annual income of about $10,000, a salary the former premier denies ever receiving. The high court also ordered the NAB to investigate and conduct a trial into the Sharif family’s wider finances, including the London properties.

Sharif was also ousted from the presidency of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, which elected close ally Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as prime minister after Sharif was disqualified.

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