Accountability court orders NAB to resubmit references

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ISLAMABAD: The Accountability Court ordered NAB to resubmit the references against Sharif family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. Some important document were missing and some unnecessary documents were attached with references.

On Monday, the court had sent back two of the three references against the Sharif family, asking NAB to resubmit them after addressing the court’s objections.

The scrutiny of the fourth reference, related to the Azizia Steel Mills, is under way, according to sources.

On Monday, NAB submitted additional documents to the accountability court’s registrar office, where the process of scrutiny of the references against the Sharif family was under way.

However, sources said many pages of the references do not have page numbers mentioned and some of them have the wrong number printed, according to sources.

Sources further said that some documents are extra and some necessary documents were not attached.

The court has given the registrar office until September 14 to completely scrutinise the documents and submit them for hearing.

On September 8, NAB submitted four interim references against the Sharif family and Dar before the accountability court.

NAB Spokesperson Nawazish Ali told Geo News that all the references had been accepted for trial and nothing was sent back.

Three of the references are against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam, son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar and sons Hussain and Hasan while another is against Dar.

If convicted, the accused can face up to 14 years imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public office including the freezing of bank accounts and assets.

The references were filed in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 decision in the Panama Papers case. The bureau was given six weeks, from the date of the court’s order, to file the reference in an accountability court while the court was granted six months to wrap up the proceedings.