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NAB’s references against Sharifs ‘riddled with gaffes’

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Published : Sep 12, 2017, 6:02 am IST
Updated : Sep 12, 2017, 6:03 am IST

The judge of the accountability court has ordered the registrar office to scrutinise the references until September 14.

Ousted Pak PM Nawaz Sharif waves to his supporters during a rally in Muridke, Pakistan. (Photo: AP)
 Ousted Pak PM Nawaz Sharif waves to his supporters during a rally in Muridke, Pakistan. (Photo: AP)

Lahore: There are major mistakes in the references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members with an accountability court, the Express News reported on Monday.

The judge of the accountability court has ordered the registrar office to scrutinise the references until September 14.

According to sources in the registrar’s office, there are several mistakes in the references. Many pages have been submitted with the same reference twice. Besides, some important pages of the references have been found to be missing.

On September 7, NAB had submitted four corruption references against the Sharif family and finance minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad’s accountability court.

The references were prepared in light of the July 28 judgement of the Supreme Court in the Panamagate case.

Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir had directed the graft watchdog to submit complete documents along with references after being informed by the registrar that the documents were found incomplete during the initial scrutiny process.

The references were produced in several sealed boxes with different titles on them. All four references along with the related documents have been produced for the registrar to scrutinise. Once vetted, the reference will be forwarded to the accountability court for further proceedings.

According to the NAB statement, one of the references had to be filed against Mr Sharif, his daugheter Maryam,  sons Hussain, Hassan, and Capt (retd) Safdar, his son-in-law relating to the Avenfield Properties comprising flat No 16 and 16-A, 17 and 17-A Avenfield House at Park Lane area of London.

The officers concerned were directed for an efficient and professional handling of the entire process in the laid down time limit,” read the statement.
    
Another reference would be against Nawaz and Hussain with regard to the establishment of Azizia Steel Company and Hill Metal Company. NAB’s third reference was against the deposed premier, Hussain and Hassan with regard to the companies mentioned in paragraph 9 of the judgment.

“The fourth reference would be filed against respondent No 10 [Ishaq Dar] for possessing assets beyond his known sources of income. The officers concerned were directed for an efficient and professional handling of the entire process in the laid down time limit,” read the statement.

Tags: nawaz sharif, national accountability bureau