NAB reference: Accountability court summons Nawaz, children to appear on Sept 19

NAB reference: Accountability court summons Nawaz, children to appear on Sept 19

Pakistan's Supreme Court on September 13 held its first hearing in a review of a decision that removed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office over allegations of corruption.

Justice Azmat Saeed remarked that five-member bench was to adjudged the disqualification case under April 20 verdict.

The Sharif family has stated that they will not appear before NAB till the top court announces its judgment on the writ petition, challenging the verdict of Panama Papers Case.

The minister said that Nawaz Sharif implemented the Supreme Court verdict and relinquished the power for the sake of respect of the institutions, but he has the right of justice.

Moreover, the other three references against Nawaz Shareif, his sons and Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar were still not submitted in the court.

Minister of State for Interior Talal Chaudhry said on Wednesday that the legal and constitutional experts and the general public have rejected the disqualification of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Sharif stepped down immediately after the July 28 ruling but he said Pakistan's people have not accepted the decision.

He said that former premier was not given fair trail in the case as neither show-cause notice was issued not a chance was given to clarify his position. The registrar office had asked NAB to remove the objections and re-file the references.

Responding to the petitioner's legal counsel's arguments, Justice Ejaz said that the accountability court will reach a conclusion of the investigation independently following which the investigation can be reviewed and that the petitioners will have a right to argue with the witnesses and JIT members, he added. To this, Justice Ejaz said: "We need your assistance on it".

However, Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, who is heading the larger bench, observed that two members including himself disagreed with the formation of the six-member probe panel by majority judges in the court's April 20 verdict.

"None of the three judges (who ruled in favour of further investigation on April 20) had disagreed with the minority verdict (of disqualifying Sharif)", he said.

During the hearing, the counsel for Nawaz's children, Salman Akram Raja, pleaded the court to form a five-member bench to hear their review petitions.

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