Al-Azizia reference adjourned indefinitely after Nawaz’s lawyer withdraws from case

Police personnel stand outside the Federal Judicial Complex in Islamabad. Photo: File 

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court adjourned the hearing of Al-Azizia reference against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday after the defence lawyer excused from representing his client in all three corruption references filed by NAB. 

Nawaz and his family members are facing three corruption references in the accountability court — Avenfield Properties, Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investments — in which they are accused of money laundering, tax evasion and hiding offshore assets.

Defence lawyer Khawaja Haris had to continue cross-examining National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) star witness and Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head Wajid Zia today. However, he announced the withdrawal of legal services to Nawaz. 

Announcing his decision to withdraw his legal services to Nawaz during the hearing of Al-Azizia reference, Haris said the Supreme Court had ‘dictated on completing the

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