Accountability Court summons Sharifs on 19th

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his children were on Wednesday summoned by an anti- corruption court to appear before it on September 19 in a case linked to the family's company in the UK.

On the submission of prosecutor NAB Judge Mohammad Bashir of the Accountability Court Islamabad issued notices to the accused to appear before the court on 19th of this month so that the proceedings into the case could be initiated.

According to informed sources, ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz and and his son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar have been subpoenaed in line with London flats reference on September 19; the same day on which Sharif and his sons would turn up before the court in Al Aziza Steel Mills and Flagship Company Ltd references.

Sharif's lawyer Salman Akram Raja during the case which was being heard by a three-member bench on Tuesday, argued that the Panamagate verdict was announced by five judges whereas as all the hearings in the case were conducted by three judges. The Supreme Court had asked the anti-corruption watchdog to file the cases by September 8 against Sharif, his sons, daughter, son-in-law and Dar.

Three of four references were returned after court registrar Ahmed Mushtaq Qureshi found technical errors in them and directed the NAB to file them after rectifying the errors.

Former premier Sharif was disqualified under Article 62 (1)(f) for failing to declare unclaimed wages earned as an executive of a Dubai-based company owned by his son in the assets statement he filed alongside his nomination papers for NA-120 in the 2013 general elections. The court disqualified Sharif and ordered cases be registered against him and his family.

On July 28, SC's five-member bench had disqualified Nawaz Sharif in Panamagate and had instructed National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file references.

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