Accountability court summons head of Panamagate JIT with original records

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ISLAMABAD, FEB 19 (DNA) – An accountability court in Islamabad, hearing the Avenfield Apartments reference, has summoned Wajid Zia, head of the Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) with original records on February 22. The original records would be required during statements of two foreign witnesses.This will be the first time Wajid Zia and Nawaz Sharif will be present in the same court together.

Zia was summoned on the request of National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) prosecutor on February 22. NAB feels the record should be present when statements from two witnesses via video link are being made during the hearing.

The court also directed the former prime minister, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (R) Safdar to be present during the hearing.

Earlier this month, the prosecution said both the witnesses – Robert W Radley, the principal at the Radley Forensic Document Laboratory and Akhtar Raja, the principal at the Quist Solicitors – are in the United Kingdom and cannot come to Pakistan due to security reasons and ‘heavy engagements.’

Last year, a JIT was formed on the orders of the Supreme Court on corruption allegations against the Sharif family which was headed by Additional Director General Wajid Zia.