Khawaja Haris resumes representing Nawaz in accountability court

Nawaz Sharif's former counsel, Khawaja Haris, resumed his role as lead counsel on Tuesday after previously withdrawing himself from the case.

Harris represents former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the three references which were filed by National Accountability Court (NAB) against him.    

As Accountability Court Judge Mohammad Bashir started hearing the three National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references against the Sharif family, he inquired from Harris if he was in court to withdraw his request ending his power of attorney for Nawaz.

Harris replied, “First, I have to file another petition. I have a right to know whether the court will hear the three cases simultaneously or separately.” 

Responding to this, the accountability court judge said Harris’ request last week to withdraw the power of attorney was never accepted in the first place.

However, NAB prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi pointed out, “We did not even object and the request was dismissed.”

Harris then requested the prosecution "to coordinate with each other and try our best to not pull each other's legs".

He questioned, "There is a law for everything. The Supreme Court asked us to work on Saturdays as well and under what law does that fall?"

Jahangir Jadoon, who was appointed in Harris' place by Nawaz Sharif, told the court, "People are asking why the court is not announcing a judgment."

Judge Bashir responded saying, "The court follows a procedure and on my behalf tell those people that why are they commenting [on the case] when they are not respondents."

Harris then resumed presenting final arguments in the Avenfield case before the hearing was adjourned until tomorrow.