Islamabad: An accountability court on Tuesday adjourned the Al Azizia Reference hearing against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif till tomorrow.
Former premier Nawaz Sharif appeared before the court today, however, his lawyer Khawaja Haris was absent. The defence counsel sent an application, stating he was ill.
As the hearing went underway, Judge Arshad Malik remarked that a similar situation had occurred yesterday. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor then said that he had no objection to Haris’ illness.
Expressing his displeasure at the defence counsel’s absence Judge Malik remarked that he had postponed all other cases for Al-Azizia reference. He further added that his entire day goes to waste when the lawyers fail to appear.
Earlier, Judge Muhammad Arshad Malik had also warned to cancel Nawaz’s surety bond and issue arrest warrants if the former premier failed to appear before the bench in future hearings.
Further, Judge Malik noted that the case had not made any progress in the present week. He further noted that the Supreme Court was yet to grant an extension to wrap up the corruption trial.
Summoning witness Mehboob Alam tomorrow, Judge Malik adjourned the hearing till October 3.