IHC rules in favour of Nawaz's plea for merger of NAB references

Nawaz chairs meeting with party leaders at Punjab House

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Thursday criticized Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi over the protocol provided to ousted premier Nawaz Sharif on his return to Pakistan. He asked the IHC bench to halt tomorrow's hearing in view of the arguments.

The ousted prime minister had also said that nobody would be able to avoid accountability and those who were raising a hue and cry would also be taken care of soon, Marriyum said, adding that by appearing before courts, Nawaz Sharif wanted to restore the sanctity of vote and honour of the people, who had elected him prime minister for the third time.

Tarar argued that there was no precedent in NAB history to file different references on same charges and to support his argument he cited Sindh High Court's decision in which it had clubbed 49 references in connection with NATO Containers.

On the other hand, ex-PM Sharif and his two sons - Hasan and Hussain Nawaz - have been nominated in two references regarding the Aziza Steel Mills, Hill Metals Establishment, and almost dozen other companies owned by the Sharif family.

The allegations as per the Investigation Reports framing the basis of the References, the petitioner's defense vis-a-vis the allegations in each of the three References was substantially the same, Tarar added.

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Asif Kirmani had submitted a petition in IHC on Sharif's behalf, stating separate indictments in three corruption cases is against the law therefore, the references should be merged into one.

A five-member team of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), headed by deputy director Mehboob Ahmed, met Nawaz in the presence of his lawyers.

NAB prosecutor pleaded that review petition of Nawaz before the apex court had already been dismissed, and charge sheet also be framed so the instant petition should be dismissed.

He said the PML-N ruled over the majority of the country and after coming into power in 2013 general election, it had made efforts for curb the energy crisis along with eliminating terrorism.

On Oct 25, Sharif's representative Zafir Khan filed as many as three pleas, challenging the NAB court's indictment in the corruption references.

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