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ISLAMABAD: The Accountability Court Islamabad on Wednesday again granted time to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for submitting its reply with regard to an application filed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President, Maryam Nawaz, against seizing of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s properties in Murree and Changla Gali with others in Toshakhana reference.

Accountability Court-III Judge Syed Asghar Ali, while hearing the case, granted time to the NAB prosecutor and ordered him to submit his reply till Feb 10th.

During the hearing, the NAB prosecutor, Irfan Bola, told the court that the prosecution has prepared a reply, and placed it before the relevant authority for final approval. He requested the court to grant him time which the court approved.

Maryam Nawaz’s counsel Qazi Misbah also appeared before the court. Maryam Nawaz filed the objection petition before the Accountability Court on December 10, 2020 against the attachment of House No 24-A&B, III, Hall Road, Murree, and a house in Changla Gali, Abbottabad, in the Toshakhana case.

She stated in the petition that both houses were owned by her late mother, Kalsoom Nawaz.

She said that the two houses had been purchased much before the period mentioned in the reference and after the death of the owner of the houses in question, the ownership devolved upon legal heirs as per judgment and decree dated May 14, 2019, and the houses were undivided properties in the joint ownership of all legal heirs.

She requested the court that order dated October 1, 2020, was liable to be corrected under Section 88 (6A) Criminal Procedure Code and the above-mentioned properties may be released from the attachment. The Accountability Court had declared Nawaz Sharif, a proclaimed offender in the Toshakhana vehicles reference in September this year, initiated the process to confiscate his properties and directed the NAB to make his arrest through Interpol.

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