SC scraps Nawaz Sharif's petition for clubbing NAB references

01:56 PM | 4 Jan, 2018
SC scraps Nawaz Sharif's petition for clubbing NAB references
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ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court (SC) rejected former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's petition to club together the three references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against him.

During an in-chamber hearing on Thursday, the plea was dismissed for the second time in a row as the PML-N leader was meted out the same treatment on December 2.

In his petition, Sharif had claimed that filing three separate references against him was "illegal, and violates the law and the Constitution, besides being violative of his [Sharif's] fundamental rights".

Besides, Sharif had also asked the apex court to declare his lifetime disqualification from holding a public office as illegal to which the SC questioned how Sharif could challenge his disqualification when his review petition has already been dismissed.

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The National Accountablity Bureau had filed three references against Nawaz Sharif regarding Avenfield properties, Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment; however, his daughter and her husband are named in reference regarding Avenfield properties alone.

The elder Sharif has been indicted in all the three references, however, he pleaded no guilty in all the graft references.

The Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz president appeared before the accountability court in Islamabad on Wednesday where prosecution witness, Mohammad Tasleem, who is commissioner Inland Revenue, recorded his statement before the court. Tasleem said that he had appeared before the NAB Rawalpindi and provided details regarding wealth tax paid by Nawaz and his sons – Hasan and Hussain Nawaz – to the authorities.

The court has adjourned case until January 9.