ISLAMABAD: Khawaja Haris, Nawaz Sharif’s counsel, Thursday claimed before the Accountability Court of Islamabad that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was not serious in summoning his client to make him part of the investigation process in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference.
He, however, could not conclude his arguments as the court adjourned the case till Friday.
Accountability Court-II (AC) Judge Arshad Malik heard the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference filed by NAB against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. The accused, who attended the proceedings for some time, was allowed by the court to leave.
The defence counsel pleaded that NAB had issued a summon notice to the former prime minister only as a legal formality. The security officer of Shamim House, who received the summon notice, was not made part of the investigation process. The purpose of summon was not mentioned in the notice, and the NAB investigation officer had also accepted that fact, he added.
Haris said they had adopted the stance since day one that Nawaz had no connection with the businesses of his children.
The judge stopped the defense lawyer to present arguments on the summon notices served to the sons of former prime minister. The notice pertaining to Hussain Nawaz notice had no nexus with the defence.
At this, Haris said it was not his matter that Hassan and Hussain Nawaz had appeared before the investigation officer or not.
Haris said declaration of the letters from Qatri Prince Hammad Bin Jassim as fiction after receipt of his response was not right. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) should have written to the prince only for verifying his letters in person, and there should not be any objection on sending a questionnaire to him, he added.
The judge remarked that the prince would have been thinking that what was his role in the episode.
The defence lawyer said that the prince had been told to undergo an investigation session by the JIT regarding the letters. The prince, however, did not refuse to verify his letters and called the team to Doha to answer its questions, he added.—APP