NAB References: Court resumes hearing against Sharif family
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – An accountability court (AC) on Thursday resumes hearing of Supplementary 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.
Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar appeared before the court amid tight security.
The accountability court (AC) judge Muhammad Bashir resumes hearing of the three corruption references against the Sharif family.
In today’s proceedings, the lawyers will present their arguments and Calibri font matter will also be discussed.
In the previous hearing, the court recorded the statements of two new witnesses forensic expert Robert Radley and solicitor Akhtar Raja via video-link from UK in the Avenfield supplementary reference.
NAB Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi and the representatives of the accused were also present at the Pakistan High Commission in London.
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.