Graft cases: Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar appear before NAB court

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Four witnesses are expected to record their statements in the Avenfield reference today.

Previously, interior ministry had responded to NAB's request to list Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Capt (r) Safdar in Exit Control List (ECL) stating that inclusions are done only on courts' orders.

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

The deputy prosecutor said Sharif's two sons have already been declared proclaimed offenders in the case and the case should not be further delayed.

New evidences gathered against the Sharif family have been made a part of the supplementary references. The accused wanted to go to London to visit ailing Kulsoom Nawaz.

The references pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties of London.

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Marriyum Aurangzeb also questioned that why names were being placed in the Exit Control List (ECL).

Talking to media in Lahore, Fawad Chaudhary lashed out at interior minister and said that action would be taken against interior minister Ahsan Iqbal for not putting the name of Ishaq Dar on ECL.

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".

Deploring graft proceedings against him, ousted premier Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said the judges, who allegedly pledged their allegiance to the dictators, want to remove him as the ruling party president.

The NAB filed three interim corruption references against the Sharif family in September previous year in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case.

The former premier and his sons, Hassan and Hussain, have been named in all three NAB references, while Maryam and Safdar have been named only in the Avenfield reference.

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