ISLAMABAD - Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday that the National Accountability Bureau was misusing its powers and authority in various matters.

Talking to the media outside the accountability court, the ousted prime minister said that the NAB, being a creation of dictator, should be done away with. He also said that the statement of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi about the NAB chairman on the floor of National Assembly was significant and a good omen.

“A strange and mysterious game is being played out in the country. The NAB is a product of a dictator which should be eliminated once and for all. Dictator Pervez Musharraf had enacted this law (NAB law) to fulfill his agenda,” Sharif said.

“If the NAB has something to show on the account of corruption, it has to bring forth it in the first 10 days of courts hearings,” Sharif said adding their boxes have nothing against him.

“Time has come to rid the country of this dictatorial legislation with a legislation of a democratic government. It would be better for the country to end this law of the dictator as early as possible,” the former premier said.

He also said that during last four and half years, when he was the prime minister, he remained busy in development projects and could not focus on eliminating the dictatorial law.

“The National Accountability Bureau Act is the legislation of a dictatorial regime, and it will be better in the interest of the country and democracy to end this law,” said Sharif.

Responding to a question regarding the joining of the PTI by PML-N MNA from Gujranwala Rana Nazir, Sharif said that Nazir did not vote him for the office of the party president.

In response to another question, Sharif said in a light mood that the social media content gives the impression that he would soon be served a notice for sinking of the Titanic.

Answering another query, the former premier said that Imran Khan could not be trusted. “What sort of a politician is Imran Khan who has lost his trust in the eyes of people?”

Meanwhile, Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head on Panama Papers Wajid Zia on Thursday recorded his statement in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference. He presented the entire record of letters and other documents dispatched and received from Qatari prince Hammad Bin Jasim.

The JIT head also presented bank records relating Pakistani Bank accounts of Sharif. He informed the court that from February to June 2014, Sharif issued various cheques of millions of rupees in the name of his daughter Maryam Nawaz.

Defense counsel Khawaja Harris raised objections multiple times to the documents presented by Zia stating that he (Zia), being a witness of the prosecution, could not present these evidence. Harris and the NAB prosecutor also exchanged hot words various times during the hearing.

Meanwhile, a photocopy of Al-Dar Audit Bureau (Saudi Arabia) report was also presented in the court.

Harris objecting to the report said that the witness had not prepared these copies himself.

Zia informed the court that the photocopy of Al-Dar Audit Bureau was presented by Hussain Nawaz and this report covered years from 2010 to 2015. He said that these documents were provided by Hussain Nawaz and mistakenly a “source documents” was written on these copies.

Over this, Harris objected and said that Hassan and Hussain Nawaz were not present this time in the court.

While recording the statement, Zia informed the court that the letter was sent to Hammad bin Jassim on May 13, 2017and on the very day, a letter was also written to the secretary Foreign Affairs. It was conveyed to the secretary Foreign Affairs to make sure the delivery of the letter to bin Jassam. Both letters were also presented to the court.