Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Court returns references against Sharif family, Dar after scrutiny

Court returns references against Sharif family, Dar after scrutiny

Khawaja Haris has requested the court to postpone his client's review petition in the disqualification matter till fixation and hearing of the plea about objections raised over the five-member bench's jurisdiction to announce the final verdict in the Panama Papers case. They contended that since July 28 verdict that disqualified Nawaz Sharif as prime minister was final, and was signed and announced by a five-member bench, therefore, the review petitions should also be heard by a five-member bench instead of a three-member bench.

Earlier in the day, the three-member SC bench recommended the CJP to constitute a larger bench to hear the review petitions.

Nawaz Sharif, Hassan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Maryam Nawaz had requested delaying the hearing of miscellaneous petitions.

On July 28, the apex court had disqualified Nawaz Sharif for not being honest for concealing his salary from a Dubai-based company and directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file references against him and his children on the basis of the report of a joint investigation team that probed their off-shore properties.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ehsan took up the petitions.

It was an unanimous decision by the five-judge bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan.

Another reference was registered against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in compliance with the Supreme Court's landmark verdict in the Panamagate case under Section 14C for possessing assets beyond the known sources of his income.

They contended that the Supreme Court could not direct NAB to file references against them and argued that the top court had become party to NAB proceedings and thus, depriving them of their right to fair trial guaranteed under the Constitution. The judges had said that Sharif had cheated the Parliament and the courts, and was not fit to hold the position. Moreover, it is stated that the JIT investigation was incomplete and thus can not be used as a basis for filing a NAB reference.

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