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Clubbing corruption references: Nawaz challenges NAB court's verdict in IHC

Clubbing corruption references: Nawaz challenges NAB court's verdict in IHC

Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday challenged the accountability court's decision to not merge the three references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the Islamabad High Court.

A Pakistani accountability court today inched closer to declare the London-based sons of ousted premier Nawaz Sharif as proclaimed offenders in the Panama Papers case.

A five-member team of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), headed by deputy director Mehboob Ahmed, met Nawaz in the presence of his lawyers at the Punjab House where he signed the three court summons while Minister of State for CADD Tariq Fazal Chaudhry signed the bail bond on Nawaz's behalf.

Later, the court separated the trial of Hassan and Hussain from other accused - Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Safdar and Capt (retd) Safdar - and declared them as absconders. However, Nawaz denied all the charges pleading not guilty and saying that the proceeding was initiated on political basis.

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On November 8, the accountability court rejected Nawaz Sharif's plea of clubbing all three references into one.

Earlier a bench of the IHC granted Sharif's request with regard to clubbing together the three corruption references filed against him, and revoked the accountability court's Oct 19 verdict, directing it to reconsider the request.

Nawaz Sharif is nominated suspect in references regarding Avenfield properties, Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment, while Maryam Nawaz and her husband Captain (r) Safdar are nominated in reference regarding Avenfield properties alone.

The petitioner has also requested the IHC to take up the plea as soon as possible and dismiss the trial court's order.


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