Pakistan court rejected ousted premier Nawaz Sharif’s objections in Panama Papers scandal

Vastavam web: An accountability court in Pakistan today rejected ousted premier Nawaz Sharif’s objections to the supplementary case filed against him and his family by the country’s anti-graft body over properties in London.The court holding trial in graft cases against Sharif and his family decided that the supplementary case would be made part of the record in the Avenfield flats case.The cases are related to the Panama Papers scandal that had forced the 68-year-old three-time prime minister to resign.

Accompanied by daughter Maryam and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar, Sharif for the 15th time appeared in the court located in Islamabad.During the hearing today, conducted by Judge Muhammad Bashir, Nawaz Sharif s lawyer Khawaja Haris had raised an objection over the supplementary reference, saying there is nothing new in it.Haris stressed that the supplementary reference was not as per the order of the top court and thus could not be accepted.

“The supplementary reference was filed to target Sharif and even in that reference, the same allegations already levelled in the interim reference were repeated,” he said.The three cases against the Sharif family pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills, several companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and London’s Avenfield properties.The political future of Sharif, who heads the country’s most powerful political family and the ruling PML-N party, has been hanging in the balance since his ouster. If convicted, he could be jailed.