An Islamabad-based accountability court has issued summons for deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his sons Hussain and Hassan Nawaz for September 19 in the reference regarding Flagship Investments (an offshore firm owned by Nawaz’’s children) filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) over alleged corruption of the ruling family.
The development came on Wednesday shortly after the anti-graft watchdog resubmitted the reference. The top accountability body had last week filed four references against the Sharifs as well as Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in light of the July 28 judgment of the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case. However, the registrar of the accountability court returned two references and directed NAB to re-submit them by September 14.
NAB has stated that the references should be treated as interim references and it could file supplementary references later. It said the accused had been given ample time to explain and provide evidence regarding the accumulation of these assets but “they did not join investigation before NAB on the pretext of a review petition already filed before the Supreme Court of Pakistan against July 28 verdict”.
A five-judge larger bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa is already hearing two separate review petitions moved by the ruling family, challenging decisions given by a five-member bench and a three-member bench of the apex court.
Credit: Express Tribune