Nawaz refuses to present his defence in Al-Azizia reference

–Former premier claims ‘baseless’ case shaped towards him by political opponents

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who has been recording his assertion in Al-Azizia Steels Mills reference below 342 of the Felony Process Code within the court docket of Decide Arshad Malik, on Thursday refused to current arguments in his defence.

The previous premier maintained that the references had been filed towards him as political revenge by his opponents, claiming that the prosecution has did not show the allegations towards him.

Whereas recording his assertion, Sharif mentioned, “I’m not going to current my defence within the Al-Azizia Metal Mill reference. A baseless case was shaped towards me and the prosecution has did not show the allegations towards me.”

He additional mentioned that he’s neither the actual proprietor nor a benamidaar of Al-Azizia Metal Mill or Hill Metallic Institution and prosecution has additionally did not show in any other case. He additional claimed, “I didn’t ship any cash from Pakistan to my sons for overseas schooling, dwelling or enterprise.”

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo additional mentioned that the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) has did not current any proof linking him to the Al-Azizia Metal Mill or Hill Metallic Institution. He additional contended that the prosecution has additionally did not show that he was the guardian of Hasan and Hussain Nawaz.

“Anti-graft watchdog has additionally did not current proof proving that my sons had been benamidaars of Al-Azizia Metal Mill or Hill Metallic Institution,” he claimed.

Nawaz Sharif additional mentioned that the NAB has additionally did not show indictment prices towards him.

Furthermore, he reiterated that the case was shaped towards him on the idea of allegations levelled by his political opponents and “biased” report of the joint investigation crew (JIT) which “incorrectly confirmed him because the proprietor of Al-Azizia Metal Mill and Hill Metallic Institution”. He added that even the Supreme Courtroom bench had expressed its dissatisfaction with the report and despatched the matter to the trial court docket so there aren’t any doubts.

The previous premier additional argued that no different witness aside from the JIT head and investigation officer gave statements towards him.

“Their statements usually are not acceptable testimonies; nonetheless, that they had each accepted that there have been no paperwork to show that I used to be the proprietor of Al-Azizia Metal Mill and Hill Metallic Institution,” Nawaz claimed.

He additionally shared that Al-Azizia Metal Mill was established by his father in 2001 and Hussain Nawaz was 29 years previous at the moment.

The previous premier has been recording his assertion in Al-Aziza Steels Mills reference for the previous couple of hearings whereby he had to supply solutions to 151 questions, nonetheless, he has solely answered 147 questions and sought extra time to reply remaining 4 “difficult” questions within the final listening to.

The highest court docket on Monday granted one other “remaining” extension of three weeks to the accountability court docket for concluding corruption references towards the Sharif household.

The apex court docket had beforehand granted six extensions to the accountability court docket to conclude the trials.

In October, the apex court docket had ordered the accountability court docket to finalise each references by Nov 17, including that it will likely be the ‘remaining’ extension and the court docket will probably be held accountable if the trial shouldn’t be concluded by then.

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