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NAB decides to prepare more references against Sharif family

NAB decides to prepare more references against Sharif family

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to prepare more references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his children. These references will be filed after obtaining detailed record of the companies from Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, sources told on Saturday.

According to sources, the record has been sought under mutual legal assistance agreement. Once the process is finalised, interim references will be moved against Nawaz Sharif, Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz after acquiring all the details.

It may be mentioned here that NAB has already forwarded three corruption references against Sharif family over which the accused have been summoned on September 19.

Earlier on Friday, the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal from Nawaz Sharif against his disqualification from the premiership over corruption allegations tied to the Panama Papers leak.

The Supreme Court removed Sharif in late July following an investigation into the allegations against him and his family, making him the 15th premier in Pakistan’s 70-year history to be ousted before completing a full term.

The case against the prime minister stemmed from the Panama Papers leak last year, which spurred a media frenzy over the extravagant lifestyles and high-end London property portfolio of the Sharif dynasty.

“All these review petitions are dismissed,” said Supreme Court justice Asif Saeed Khosa who oversaw the five-member review panel.

In a long-winded appeal demanding that his case be reviewed, Sharif’s legal team presented 19 points challenging the court’s judgement, saying the ruling suffered “from errors floating on the surface”.

The Supreme Court has also ordered the country’s anti-corruption watchdog, the National Accountability Bureau, to open a criminal case against Sharif, his sons — Hussain and Hassan — and his daughter Maryam.

The latest ruling comes days ahead of a by-election to fill Sharif’s parliamentary seat in Lahore that is being contested by his wife Kalsum, who is being treated for throat cancer in London.

The seat has long been controlled by Sharif and his allies who consider Lahore to be their political stronghold.

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