SC extends deadline to conclude NAB references against Sharifs until June 9

09 May, 2018 4:38 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court on Wednesday extended the deadline for concluding corruption cases against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family until June 9.

Justice Ejazul Ahsan said that they wanted to give proper right and complete right of transparent trial for the Sharif family.

As the hearing went under way, Justice Ejazul Ahsan, who is the monitoring judge of the corruption cases, asked why the trial has not concluded yet. The National Accountability Bureau prosecutor replied that the trial has concluded in one reference.

Justice Ahsan then inquired if arguments in the Avenfield reference have concluded and whether its verdict can be given separately. When Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh, who was heading the two-member bench, asked how much time the defence counsel requires, Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris said he needs three months.

Haris contended that with Ramazan around the corner, a month’s extension would not be enough and the trial should not be rushed. The court, however, extended the deadline for a month. Justice Azmat observed that they are not going anywhere and the counsel can come to them if the trial doesn’t conclude by then, adding that the court will not allow a miscarriage of justice to take place.

Justice Ahsan remarked that the rights of the accused will be safeguarded at all costs. The court wants Sharif family to get the right of transparent trial, said Justice Ahsan adding that all legal requirements would be accomplished under Article 10A. The accountability court had submitted a request to the apex court seeking another extension in the deadline to conclude the high-profile cases.

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