Will not appear before NAB till petition review:Nawaz Sharif

LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif or his sons, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz, will not appear before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) till a verdict is passed on the review petitions submitted earlier by the family in the Supreme Court, Geo News reported.

NAB was conveyed the same in writing by Sharif family’s legal team.

“My client Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has been apprised of the above cited notice today and instructed me to convey his inability to appear before the Combined Investigation Team as has already filed a Review Petition against the judgement dated 28.07.2017,” said the letter.

After clarifying that no notices from NAB had been received by Nawaz or his sons, the legal team advised the Sharif family to not recognise the NAB reference.

Sources claimed that it has been recommended that there was no reason to recognise the NAB reference.

Additionally, it has also been recommended that NAB proceedings will be unjust, will not be transparent and will be one-sided, sources added.

In light of the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his sons, Hassan and Hussain’s expected appearance before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday, all regular proceedings were suspended, but neither of the three Sharifs appeared before the accountability bureau.

According to NAB sources, the Sharif family members were summoned to file their replies today pertaining to the NAB reference against them.

However, PML-N leader Asif Kirmani, told Geo News that Nawaz Sharif, Hasan and Hussain had not received any notice to appear before the accountability bureau.

When such notices are received, the decision to appear before the bureau directly or through legal counsel will be made after consulting with lawyers, Kirmani added.

Earlier in the day, besides suspension of regular proceedings, a heavy contingent of security officials was deployed at the site in anticipation of the former premier’s appearance.

However, Sharif family sources had informed on Thursday that Hasan and Hussain have not yet received any notification for appearance before the accountability bureau.