NAB References: AC dismisses Sharif’s plea for exemption from appearance
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The accountability court (AC) on Thursday dismissed the petition filed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar seeking exemption from court appearance for two weeks.
The accountability court (AC) judge Muhammad Bashir while hearing the 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 had reserved the judgement on the petition seeking from court appearance for two weeks.
Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar will appear before the court amid tight security. Nawaz Sharif appeared before the court for 19th time.
In today’s hearing, the defense and prosecution presented their arguments on the plea seeking exemption from appearance before court for two weeks owing to the medical treatment of Nawaz Sharif’s ailing wife Begum Kulsoom Nawa.
Earlier, the anti-graft watchdog on Wednesday recommended the Interior Ministry to put the names of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, hi daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar on the Exit Control List (ECL).
The development of the country’s anti-graft watchdog comes at a time when the Bureau’s reference against Sharif family is in final stages.
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.