Al-Azizia reference: Court reserves judgment regarding final arguments

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ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Tuesday reserved its judgment on a matter regarding the final arguments by the two sides in Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference against the Sharif family.

Accountability Court Judge Arshad Malik conducted the hearing on the reference against the Sharif family filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif appeared before the court along with his legal team. During the course of the proceeding, NAB’s deputy prosecutor general (DPG) requested the court to issue directives to the defence to present the final arguments in the case as the accused had submitted some fresh documents in his defence. However, Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris said that the documents were not submitted for defence, adding that he will not present his arguments on those documents. The former prime minister had already excused himself from presenting anything in his defence, he further added.

He said that the documents comprised the order sheets of the apex court and their submitted applications, adding that if the accused presented his defence, they must request the court to make it part of the case record.

After hearing the arguments from both sides, the court reserved its judgment regarding the above matter.