Islamabad (November 02, 2017): Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday reserved its judgement on a petition of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif seeking the court to order National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to club all the three references filed against him by declaring the incitements in the cases null and void.
A division bench of IHC headed by Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani and Justice Aamir Farooq heard the petition filed by former PM and PML-N President Nawaz Sharif.
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The former PM has pleaded the court to order the accountability court to stop the indictment proceedings against him and hear all three cases as one.
The verdict is expected to be delivered later today.At the last hearing on October 25, the IHC bench comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani and Justice Aamer Farooq issued notices to the federal government over the petition and adjourned the case until November 2 (today).
On Wednesday, Nawaz’s counsel submitted additional documents, including copies of the indictment, to the IHC as instructed in the earlier hearing.
Nawaz, through his lawyer Zafir Khan has submitted three petitions in the IHC challenging the accountability court’s October 19 decision to indict him in the Avenfield properties and Azizia Steel Mills reference. He was indicted in the third and last — Flagship Investment Ltd — reference on October 20.The accountability court is hearing corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau against Nawaz and his family members, as well as Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, in light of the Supreme Court’s order in the Panama Papers case.
In his petition, Nawaz has pleaded the IHC to declare the October 19 decision illegal and order the accountability court to combine the three references against him into one.
He has also pleaded that there should be one trial on one charge instead of separate cases.
At the last hearing of the accountability court on October 26, Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Harris informed the judge that his client has challenged the indictment in the IHC which will hear the case on Nov 2 (today).
The judge remarked that Harris should plead his client’s case on November 2 and then adjourned the accountability court hearing until November 3 (Friday).On October 13, the former prime minister filed a similar plea in the Supreme Court seeking the quashing of ‘concurrent’ corruption references against him.
The plea asked the Supreme Court to halt the accountability court proceedings of the three references against the Sharif family until a single reference is filed.
The plea, filed by Nawaz’s legal team under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution, states that Section 9 (a) (5) of the National Accountability Ordinance holds that the reference against possession of assets beyond known sources of income should be one and not spread over several references.
The petition is yet to be taken up by the apex court.