ISLAMABAD - On the plea of Nawaz Sharif, Accountability Court Islamabad on Tuesday deferred the hearing in all the three corruption references against him, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (r) Muhammad Safdar until December 4, as the verdict of the Islamabad High Court on clubbing all the three cases is awaited.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (r) Safdar were present in the court.

At the outset of the proceedings, Sharif moved an application seeking suspension of the court’s proceedings till the decision of the IHC on the matter of clubbing these cases.

NAB prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar opposed the plea, stating the IHC had not stayed the proceedings of the NAB court and prayed to the court to continue with recording of prosecution witnesses’ statements present in the courtroom.

Judge Muhammad Bashir of the NAB court, however, rejected the prosecution counsel’s plea and adjourned the hearing till December 4 when it would continue with the process of recording the statements and cross-examination of the prosecution witnesses.

Later, Nawaz Sharif along with his daughter and son-in-law departed from the courtroom.

Earlier, Nawaz Sharif, accompanied by his daughter Maryam Nawaz, reached the Federal Judicial Academy from the airport.

The former PM’s squad and the Islamabad mayor reached the airport to escort them to the court.

Capt (r) Safdar had reached the court earlier along with other PML-N leaders, including State Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, Pervaiz Rashid, Talal Chaudhry and Asif Kirmani.

The NAB has filed three references against the Sharif family members related to the Avenfield property, Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment comprising some 16 offshore companies.

SAFDAR DOES NOT BELIEVE IN MILY’S ANGELS

Online adds: Captain (retd) Safdar, son-in-law of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, has said that they do not believe in military angels but they believe in God’s Angels.

While talking to media men outside Accountability Court (AC) on Tuesday, Safdar said someone had aired a programme about he had given Rs50 million and the honorable judge has taken notice of this matter for which he was thankful to the court.

“I am chairman of Standing Committee on Information Technology, therefore, I would also ask about it from PTA,” he added.

Replying to a question about Faizabad sit-in, Safdar said that today sit-in is the name of a music concert but in Faizabad a ceremony was organised in which people sit and recite poetry in praise of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that was also known as “Mehfil-e-Milad”.

Talking about need of general’s signatures in Mehfil, he said this question should not be asked from him.

Replying to another question about giving bus fare by Rangers officials to protesters for returning home, Safdar said that they had given Rs5,000 to protesters for bus fare but they had given Rs 1,000.