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Accountability hearing adjourned till Aug 15 after commotion outside court

ISLAMABAD: The accountability hearing in the Al Azizia and Flagship reference case was adjourned till August 15 after commotion was caused by reports of shots being fired outside the court premises on Monday.

Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in an armoured car for the hearing but the hearing was adjourned after a police officer’s gun misfired outside the central gate near media personnel. Police began an inquiry into the incident.

Sharif and Wajid Zia, the head of the Joint Investigation Team, were ordered to appear again before the court on Wednesday.

Media officials also met the accountability court judge and discussed SOPs for media officials’ entry in the court as the per previous routine. NAB had opposed media officials’ entry in courtroom during proceedings.

Khawaja Haris, Sharif’s counsel, put forth a petition asking the court to record Zia’s statement in the Flagship reference today and that there be an adjournment after. Haris, in his petition, stated that delays of no kind should be made in dispensing of justice and investigation of remaining corruption cases.

He also wrote in the petition that he was unable to complete Zia’s cross questioning of the Al Azizia reference due to engagements with the high courts.

The court dismissed Haris’ plea to record Zia’s statement on Monday.

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