ISLAMABAD - An accountability court in Islamabad could not take up corruption references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and other family members due to three-day mourning announced by the lawyers over the death of renowned lawyer Asma Jahangir.

The court will take up the case tomorrow (Thursday).

Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Mohammad Safdar were present in the courtroom when the court took up the Avenfield properties supplementary reference.

Four witnessed called by the court were also present but when defence counsel informed the court that the lawyers were on a three-day mourning over the demise of Asma Jahangir and sought an adjournment in the case.

The court accepted the plea and deferred the recording of statements of prosecution witnesses till Thursday.

In the meantime, Nawaz Sharif and Maryam submitted an application seeking two weeks exemption from personal presence from February 19 onward as both intend to fly to London to spend time with Begum Kalsoom Nawaz, who according to the defence counsel, has to undergo some important tests and she wanted her husband and the daughter to be with her at the critical time.

The judge fixed the application for hearing for Thursday and adjourned the hearing in the case till February 15. All the witnesses have been also called for recording their statements at the next hearing.

Subsequently, the court also announced that it would record statements of two witnesses from London via a video link in the supplementary reference regarding the Avenfield properties on February 22.

However, four prosecution witnesses would record their statements at the next hearing of the case.