The Accountability court on Monday ordered to announce a joint verdict in the two remaining corruption references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family.

During today's hearing, Nawaz's lawyer Khawaja Harris appealed to Judge Arshad Malik to announce a joint verdict in the two remaining referenced filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against the Sharif family. 

Khawaja Harris said, "Accountability court I had also decided on a joint verdict in the three references. However, it only announced its verdict in the Avenfield reference."

He continued, "The other two cases were then transferred as verdict on one of them came separately."

The court approved Harris's request and ordered a joint verdict in the remaining two references. Afterwards, the court adjourned the hearing till August 27 (Monday).

Earlier, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before the Accountability Court on Monday as it resumed hearing two remaining corruption references against him and his family.

Accountability Court-II Judge Arshad Malik heard the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references.

During the last hearing on August 15, the former prime minister was brought to the court in a bulletproof SUV unlike the hearing before that when he was brought to the federal judicial complex in an armoured personnel carrier (APC).

The statements of investigating officer Mehboob Alam were recorded in the Al-Azizia reference during the last hearing.

Directing Alam to continue recording his statements during the next hearing, the court had adjourned the case till today.

The Court has summoned prosecution’s star witness and Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head Wajid Zia for the hearing.

Earlier, on August 7, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) transferred the two references to Accountability Court II.

A two-member bench of the IHC, comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, ordered the transfer of the cases on Nawaz's plea.

Nawaz’s lawyer had filed a petition requesting the court to transfer the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references from the court of Accountability Judge-I Mohammad Bashir to another accountability court .

Earlier, on July 6, Accountability Court Judge Mohammad Bashir had announced the verdict in the Avenfield properties corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), handing the ousted prime minister 10 years as jail time and seven years to his daughter Maryam Nawaz.