“Height of discomfort” hang me or send to prison, asks Nawaz Sharif

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ISLAMABAD (BY Lala Hassan) Supreme Court should hang me or send me to prison, said distressed former PM Nawaz Sharif said here on Tuesday.

He said that the top court should get the corruption references against his family transferred to itself and then give whatever verdict they like”. This was stated by Sharif before the accountability court for the Avenfield reference hearing against his family.

“Have you hired another lawyer?” asked Muhammad Bashir, the judge of the accountability court. He told Sharif to either convince Khawaja Haris to resume representing him as his counsel or get another lawyer. “We have not yet accepted his application” remarked the Judge.

“We are looking for another lawyer,” replied Sharif. “It’s not an easy task. Khawaja sahib was fully prepared for the case as we have been appearing in the court since last nine months.

“Judges remarked that I speak about my wife’s illness to get media coverage which was very painful for us” regretted former premier.

On Sunday, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar ordered the NAB court to wind up the hearings of all three corruption references against the Sharif family in a month.

The Supreme Court had rejected the plea of Khawaja Haris, who asked for six weeks to complete the trial. A day later, Haris withdrew from representing the former PM in the cases. He appeared before the accountability court on Monday along with Sharif.

The Supreme Court had disqualified PM Nawaz Sharif in the Panama Papers case on July 27, 2017. The deposed PM’s name did not appear in the Panama Papers. The papers linked, however, his children to offshore companies and properties.

The court ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to investigate into the Sharif family’s wealth as there was “insufficient evidence” to oust the PM over allegations pertaining to his family’s wealth.

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