CJP dismisses Nawaz’s in-chamber appeal to club NAB references

CJP dismisses Nawaz’s in-chamber appeal to club NAB references

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar on Thursday dismissed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s in-chamber appeal to merge three references filed by the National Accountability Bureau [NAB].

During the hearing, CJP Saqib Nisar maintained the objections raised by the registrar office. He remarked that the option to review verdict was already provided to the Sharif family in the Panama Papers case. The registrar office of the SC has asked the petitioner to consult the forum concerned in this regards.

The appeal was filed by Advocate Khawaja Haris on behalf of Nawaz.

An accountability court on November 8 rejected an application filed by deposed prime minister Nawaz to have three references filed by the NAB against him and his family merged into one. This means the Sharif family will stand three separate trials. The court had reserved its ruling after hearing arguments from both the defence counsel and the NAB prosecution.

Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Mohammad Safdar appeared before the court as the hearing of the references resumed.

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