Three corruption references – Hudabiya Paper Mills, Ittefaq Foundaries and Raiwind assets reference – were filed in the NAB in which the PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, his brother Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, and other family members were also allegedly involved. —File Photo

RAWALPINDI: An accountability court on Saturday, acting on a stay order from the Lahore High Court (LHC), adjourned to Sept 29 a hearing over the revival of corruption references filed against Nawaz Sharif, DawnNews reported.

The Rawalpindi accountability court was hearing the case for reopening the three references– Hudabiya Paper Mills, Ittefaq Foundaries and Raiwind assets reference – in which the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz chief, his brother Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and other family members are also allegedly involved.

During today's hearing, the counsel for the Sharif brothers appealed to the court that the high court had ordered an injunction on further proceedings. The court also accepted an application by Advocated Khawaja Harris Ahmed to represent the petitioners in place of Advocate Akram Sheikh.

Last Thursday, Khawaja Harris Ahmed had told the LHC Rawalpindi bench that earlier a division bench of the same court on October 18, 2011 passed an interim order in which it restrained the accountability court from proceeding in the references till further orders.

Ahmed said that due to some clerical mistake the respondent no. 3 (accountability court) was inadvertently typed as respondent no. 1 (federal government) and the mistake could be corrected under section 152 of the Civil Procedure Code (CPC).

According to him, the mistake had come to the petitioners’ notice during the course of arguments, before the accountability court Rawalpindi, on an application by the National Accountability Bureau  for the cases’ revival.

The NAB, after deciding to proceed with the references as the restraining order only extended to the federal government and there was no legal bar on the bureau, issued notices to the Sharifs on July 28 to respond to the application for reopening the corruption references against them.

Last year, the LHC Rawalpindi bench temporarily restrained NAB from proceeding in the case. The court ordered NAB authorities to submit record of the cases on the next date of hearing and adjourned the matter to July 28.

The references had also been adjourned in September 2007 for an indefinite period because the Sharifs were in exile.


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m.johri
Sep 16, 2012 03:07am
For sure, these corruption cases against Sharif brothers and their families should be taken up as soon as possible .If judgement come against Sharifs and their families then "election commision" should discredit them to take part in politics in Pakistan for life.
Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
Sep 15, 2012 01:12pm
To the best of my knowledge and belief there must be some truth if not the whole truth about money corruption charges against power hungry Mian Nawaz Sharif. I really wonder more and ponder less as to how this man boasts of to be clean handed when he rises from earth to sky within few decades. I have very serious doubts if anyone else on the face of earth could mint so much in such short time without resorting to corruption. Who opposes me and who supports me? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait
Gerry D'Cunha
Sep 15, 2012 12:36pm
sharif corruption case will never be opened till the timing of the coming election - its always the poor man who is punished in pakistan - where is justice? when will the people of pakistan get justice? they have not received justice in 64 years. All eyes on Imran, as their last hope.
Imran Sheikh
Sep 15, 2012 12:20pm
I once asked Nawaz Sharif at a Q&A session if he would respect the courts if re-elected, as opposed to his last stint when he had them attacked. He said the attack never took place and the court had since exonerated him. The video of the attack produced in court by Ardeshir Cowasji did not exist. If the Sharif's have nothing to fear, why not let another court judgement in their favor in the present references give them grounds for denying this abuse of public position too?
M. Asghar
Sep 15, 2012 12:18pm
The court must proceed with the case with a binding judgement.