Summary for extension of AC judge Muhammad Bashir sent to Law Ministry
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – A summary for the extension of Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir has been sent to the Ministry of Law for approval.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Anwar Kasi had already approved the extension in Judge Muhammad Bashir’s tenure and contacted the Law Ministry in this regard.
Muhammad Bashir was hearing the National Accountability Court (NAB) corruption references against the Sharif family and former finance minister Ishaq Dar and his tenure was to end on March 12.
As the NAB cases against the Sharif family were in the final phase, the anti-graft watchdog has filed supplementary references against former prime minister Nawaz, his daughter Maryam Nawaz, son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar and former minister Ishaq Dar.
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 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. The 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.