Publicado: Sáb, Marcha 10, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Federal govt approves extension of accountability judge hearing cases against Sharif family

Federal govt approves extension of accountability judge hearing cases against Sharif family

Acting on the apex court's order, NAB had initially filed four cases against the Sharifs and former finance minister Ishaq Dar.

She criticised the apex court's judges for what she called "use of profanities" while hearing cases against Nawaz Sharif and his family while urging the people to avenge these "insults" to their vote and collective wisdom by voting for PML-N in upcoming general elections.

Three cases were registered on September 8 against Sharif, 68, and his family and one case against Dar.

On Monday, Sharif was allowed to leave the accountability court after being told that he was unwell.

The NAB prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi argued that the witness prepared the investigation report as per the Supreme Court's directions, but defence counsel Amjad Parviz argued that a report can not be held as evidence. Separately, Sharif along with Maryam and Safdar on Wednesday appeared in the accountability court in Islamabad, which is hearing the three cases against them.

But the judge later granted exemption to Sharif to leave the court after his advocate Khwaja Haris requested that his client was not feeling well. Maryam and Safdar are co-accused in the case. After hearing the argument by NAB, the judges granted extension of two months in cases of Sharif and his family and three months in case of Dar.

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At present, Mr Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Mr Safdar are facing the trial while Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz have been declared as proclaimed offenders by the accountability court since they did not join the trial proceedings.

On July 28 a year ago, the Supreme Court had disqualified Nawaz and given a six-month deadline to the accountability court to complete the trial against the Sharif family. In 2015, the federal government, on recommendations of the IHC, extended his tenure for three years.

The federal government extended on Thursday tenure of District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Bashir as accountability court judge for a period of three years with immediate effect.

NAB had filed the references on Sept 7, 2017, and the deadline is going to expire on March 6.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, heard on Wednesday an application pertaining to extension in tenure of accountability court judge Muhammad Bashir.

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