SC extends deadline to hear NAB references against Sharifs for three months

07 Mar, 2018 3:15 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday extended the deadline for the trial 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 for three months.

A three-member bench of the Supreme Court gave an extension of two months to conclude the trial against Sharif family.

On the other hand, the apex court also extended the deadline for the trial of former finance minister Ishaq Dar in Assets beyond income case filed by the anti-graft watchdog for three-months.

Earlier, the NAB’s counsel had requested more time for the trial against Dar saying that he was not in the country, at which the court asked how Dar, a proclaimed absconder, had been elected to the Senate. “Did the judge not know that Dar is absconding from the court?” asked Justice Ejaz Afzal asked.

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.



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