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SC grants one-month extension to NAB court for trial against Sharif family

SC grants one-month extension to NAB court for trial against Sharif family

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on Wednesday has granted one-month extension to the accountability court for trial of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references against Sharif family.

A plea seeking extension of trial duration was submitted by NAB judge Justice Mohammad Bashir after defence lawyer Khawaja Haris pleaded for three-month extension, saying the trial cannot be completed in one month because of Ramazan.

The top court has also given extension to accountability court for case against former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar till June 9. Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan also assured to carry out transparent trial.

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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