NAB references: Nawaz Sharif appears before AC
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before the accountability court (AC) on Wednesday (today) along with his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar in mega corruption references filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in line with the Supreme Court directive in the Panamagate case.
The accountability court (AC) judge Muhammad Bashir will resume hearing of the three corruption references against the Sharif family.
Stringent security arrangements have been made on the occasion, while several party leaders including Talal Chaudhry, Daniyal Aziz and Asif Kirmani and hundreds of workers are also present outside the court.
In the last hearing, the accountability court (AC) had reserved the judgment on the petition of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif seeking to merge three references into one filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in line with the Supreme Court directive in the Panamagate case.
Khawaja Haris, the counsel of Nawaz Sharif and prosecutor National Accountability Bureau completed their arguments on the request of Mian Nawaz Sharif for hearing of the three reference together.
The counsel of former premier argued there should be one reference and one trial as references are identical and witnesses are also same.
NAB prosecutor opposed hearing of the three reference together.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) had directed the accountability court to again hear Nawaz’s plea seeking to club the three references against him.
Sharif returned to Pakistan from London last week after weeks of speculation. He had been staying in the UK capital while his wife underwent cancer treatment.
Last month, the court had issued bailable arrest warrants after the former PM failed to show up for previous hearings.
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 labelled 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.