Star prosecution witness Wajid Zia in the Al-Azizia Mill/ Hill Metal Establishment reference against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif conceded before the accountability court on Friday that the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) did not verify the documents provided to it by Hussain Nawaz.

Hussain Nawaz, the son of the ousted prime minister, had handed over the documents related to registration and loan agreements of Hill Metal to him on June 3, said Mr Zia in response to a question by the defence counsel Khawaja Haris Ahmed during his cross-examination.

The Supreme Court in its April 20, 2017 order had constituted the JIT to probe the Panama Papers allegations against the Sharif family and tasked it to find answers to 13 questions including the one about how Hill Metal had been established.

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In a subsequent verdict on July 28, the apex court directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file three references against Nawaz Sharif and his children in Avenfield Properties, Al-Azizia/Hill Metal Establishment and Flagship Investment Co.