Judge hearing Sharifs’ graft cases will be given extension, SC assured

  • Law secretary says Judge Mohammad Bashir will be given extension before Mrach 12
Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Wednesday took notice of the failure to grant an extension to Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir, who is conducting a trial of Sharif family in corruption cases.

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, also summoned the law secretary to explain what the ministry concerned is doing about the extension, which has been requested by Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Anwar Kasi.

Later, the law secretary appeared before the court and informed that the judge will be given extension before the end of his tenure. Judge Mohammad Bashir’s tenure was to end on March 12.

He said that the Ministry of Law has approved the summary, which now has been sent to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for approval.

Muhammad Bashir was hearing the National Accountability Court (NAB) corruption references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his children – Maryam, Hasan and Hussain Nawaz – and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar regarding Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Avenfield properties, Flagship Investment and other offshore companies.

The judge was also hearing a corruption reference against former finance minister Ishaq Dar regarding assets beyond means.

Judge Bashir was appointed to the court in 2012. In 2015, the federal government, on recommendations of the IHC, extended his tenure for three years.