Accountability Court on Friday rejected the petition of Nawaz Sharif to club the statement of Panama JIT chief head Wajid Zia as a witness in three references against him.

Judge Muhammad Bashir heard the petition of the ex-PM to club statement of Zia in all three references – Flagship Investment, Al-Azizia Steel Mills, and London flats.

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Nawaz Sharif’s counsel Khawaja Harris reasoned that Islamabad High Court had ordered to merge the statement of a witness in all three references. Our defense will be weakened if Zia’s statement is separated, he said, adding that the witness is clever enough to strengthen his statement.

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