SC again rejects Sharif’s plea to club NAB references against him
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday again rejected a petition filed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif seeking to club all three corruption references filed against him in the accountability court by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the petition filed by the former premier.
Ayesha Hamid, the counsel of Nawaz Sharif appeared before the court on behalf of the former premier.
In today’s proceedings, the CJP while upholding the objections raised by the Registrar Office, rejected the petition filed by Nawaz Sharif.
In his remarks, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar observed that a petition cannot be filed after the rejection of review petition.
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.