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Accountability court on Wednesday has rejected ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s plea seeking a merger of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Avenfield properties, Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investments references against him.

During the hearing headed by Justice Mohammad Bashir, the reserved verdict was announced, stating that all three references cannot be separated due to their different nature and money trails. The number of witnesses in the references also varies, it further stated.

The former PM was called on rostrum after which his indictment was read out. However, Nawaz denied all the charges.

Nawaz Sharif said the proceeding was initiated on a political basis, adding that the fundamental rights are being violated. Will defend me during the trial, he continued.

Subsequently, the court has summoned witnesses and adjourned the hearing till November 15.

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