NAB References: AC adjourns hearing against Sharif family till Feb 15
February 13, 2018
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – An accountability court (AC) on Tuesday adjourned hearing of mega corruption references filed against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in line with the Supreme Court directive in the Panamagate case until February 15. Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar appeared before the court amid tight security. Nawaz Sharif appeared before the court for 18th time. As accountability court (AC) judge Muhammad Bashir begin, the court remarked that the hearing could not take place due to the lawyers’ boycott of courts over the death of renowned lawyer Asma Jahangir. The prosecution expressed displeasure at the adjournment, saying the witnesses and prosecution suffer owing to adjournments. Previously, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed three cases of corruption and money laundering against Sharif, his family members and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the Islamabad Accountability Court following the verdict. The anti-graft body NAB had frozen the bank accounts and seized properties of Sharif and his family members to put pressure on them to appear before the court. The Sharifs have denied any wrongdoing and have labeled the corruption proceedings against them as politically motivated. Two of Nawaz’s sons are also due to appear before the NAB court, along with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. Nawaz was disqualified by the Supreme Court in July for not declaring a source of income that he disputes receiving. Pakistan’s top court also ordered a wide-ranging NAB investigation and trial into Sharif family members. The Supreme Court specified that the trial be concluded within six months by NAB, which has in the past been derided as toothless because rich and powerful politicians were seldom convicted.