References against Sharif family and Dar returned

Tuesday 12 2017 1 month ago 17   Islamabad   Print

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Report  Web Desk : Islamabad:The Registrar of Accountability Court returned the corruption references against the Sharif family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), asking the anti-graft body to resubmit it after removing the errors and injections. The court had already sent back on Monday two of the three references against the Sharif family, asking NAB to resubmit them after addressing the court’s objections. The accountability court’s registrar objected that he could not find documents even though they were mentioned in the index of the references. He asked the bureau to fix the discrepancies and submit all the references again. On Monday, NAB submitted additional documents to the accountability court’s registrar office. Many pages of the references do not have page numbers mentioned and some of them have the wrong number printed. 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. 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. 02