The fifth deadline to wind up trial against former premier Nawaz Sharif and family in the Al-Azizia and Flagship corruption cases in six weeks expired on Sunday.

On August 26, the top court directed the accountability court to decide the remaining two cases against the Sharif family within six weeks.

The accountability court of Judge Arshad Malik is hearing of the corruption cases against the former premier and his family members.

In the Al-Azizia case, the court has recorded depositions of all prosecution witnesses and cross-examination of the investigation officer is underway. Nawaz Sharif’s statement would be recorded once the IO’s cross-examination is completed. Witness Wajid Zia, who was head of the Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT), and the investigation officer are yet to testify in the Flagship reference.

AC Judge Arshad Malik will likely submit a request to the Supreme Court seeking more time to conclude trial of Nawaz Sharif.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed three references against the Sharif family in pursuance of the July 28 order that disqualified Nawaz Sharif from the office of prime minister.

A reference related to the Sharif family’s Avenfield properties in London has been decided while Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references are pending disposal.

On July 6, an accountability court had sentenced Nawaz, daughter Maryam and son-inlaw Safdar in Avenfield corruption case.