Corruption references: AC gets 6 weeks to conclude cases against Sharifs, Dar

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Babar Anwar
Islamabad
Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday gave six weeks extension to the accountability court, for the fourth time, to conclude the corruption references against the Sharifs and Ishaq Dar.
A two-member bench of SC comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar and Justice Ijazul Ahsan took up for hearing the plea of the judge of accountability court Muhammad Bashir seeking extension in time period of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references.
During the hearing, Justice Ijaz inquired of the NAB prosecutor that how much time they need, to which the NAB lawyer replied that no specific progress has been made in two references against Sharif family.
NAB prosecutor told the court that among the total four references one was against former finance minister Ishaq Dar.
Given the current status of Ishaq as fugitive, justice Nisar asked whether he can be apprehended under NAB laws.
Special prosecutor said that an absconder can be punished under section 31.
‘’The statement of 14 out of 16 witnesses has been recorded and cross questioning from Wajid Zia in connection with AL-Azizia reference is underway. The statement of investigation officer will be recorded after Wajid Zia’’, NAB prosecutor added.
The counsel for Nawaz Sharif, Khawaja Haris held that he was saying from the day first that the verdict of all the three references should be announced altogether.
He further maintained that the accountability court judge justice Bashir should not hear the remaining references as he has already announced verdict in one case.
Later, SC gave six weeks more time to NAB to conclude the verdicts in connection with NAB references against Sharif’s and Ishaq.

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