Supreme Court of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Supreme Court has directed the accountability court on Friday to conclude the pending corruption reference filed against members of the Sharif family by December 24.

During the hearing of a case regarding an extension plea forwarded by accountability court judge Arshad Malik, the chief justice of Pakistan ordered that no further extension would be granted after December 24th.

The top judge addressed Khawaja Haris, the counsel for Nawaz Sharif that he should conclude the arguments by December 17th; this is the eighth extension granted to NAB court in this regard.

‘Conclude the arguments and ease off the burden faced by you and the public,’ the top judge said and added that enough is enough and not a single minute extension would be granted further.

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar referred to Khawaja Haris and said the court would not allow him to boycott the proceedings now.

The Supreme Court had on October 12 granted the ‘final extension’ to the accountability court to conclude the remaining two corruption references against the Sharif family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

As many as three references have been filed against the former premier in line with the directives of the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case verdict – a decision that ousted Nawaz Sharif from the PM House in July last year.

The accountability court judge Muhammad Bashir had sentenced elder Sharif to ten years in the Avenfield reference. However, a two-member bench of the Islamabad High Court had suspended the conviction.

Besides Sharif, Maryam Nawaz was sentenced to 7 years and Captain Safdar was sentenced to one year in prison in the Avenfield reference which pertains to the pricey flats of the former ruling family.