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NAB court seeks extension in duration of trial against Sharif family

NAB court seeks extension in duration of trial against Sharif family

ISLAMABAD: Accountability court on Tuesday has submitted a plea seeking extension in trial duration of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references against Sharif family in Supreme Court (SC).

NAB judge Justice Mohammad Bashir has said that the matter of 342 statement will be reviewed after the decision of top court.

Earlier, SC had extended the deadline for accountability court to complete its probe into references against Sharif family for two more months.

During the hearing, NAB prosecutor Imran-ul-Haq had assured the court that two months will be enough for references of Sharif family.

It is to be mentioned here that Justice Muhammad Bashir’s tenure as the accountability judge was also extended for another three years after President Mamnoon Hussain’s approval.

“In exercise of powers conferred by Section 5 (g) and (h) of National Accountability Ordinance, 1999, the President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan has been pleased to appoint Mr. Muhammad Bashir, District and Sessions Judge (BS 21) as a Judge Accountability Court-I, Islamabad in his own pay and scale on deputation basis for further period of three years w.e.f. 10-03-2018 to 12.03.2021 or until further order, whichever is earlier,” states a notification issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice.

Since September 2017, Justice Mohammad Bashir is hearing London flats, Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment references against ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar and also leading assets beyond income case against former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

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