NAB submits progress report on graft cases against Sharifs, Dar to monitoring judge

  • Justice Ijazul Ahsan had been appointed as a monitoring judge by the SC on Aug 2
Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has submitted a progress report regarding references against the Sharif family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to the monitoring judge of the Supreme Court.

The report has been submitted to Justice Ijazul Ahsan, who had been appointed to supervise the progress in terms of the references filed by the NAB following orders of the apex court in Panamagate verdict.

The monitoring judge has been informed about indictment of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in three corruption references – Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Avenfiled Apartment and Flagship company.

The progress on a case against the former premier’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar is also part of the report. Both Maryam and Safdar had been indicted in London flats reference by the accountability court.

The monitoring judge has also been informed that the cases of Sharif’s sons – Hasan and Hussain Nawaz – will be heard separately and they have been declared proclaimed offenders.

The NAB also wrote in the report that Ishaq Dar has been indicted by the accountability court in assets beyond means case and his assets have been seized. The report also carries orders of the court.

Appointment

On August 2, the Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar had assigned the task to Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan.

In its judgment on July 28, the top court besides disqualifying prime minister Nawaz Sharif had ordered country’s graft-buster to file references against Nawaz Sharif, Hassan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, Maryam Nawaz, Ishaq Dar, Captain Safdar and others.

But the apex court also urged the Chief Justice of Pakistan to appoint a judge of Supreme Court who would monitor the progress in terms of these references.

Then the Chief Justice formally green lighted Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan to keep an eye on the references that are to be filed within a period of six weeks from July 28.

Not only that the top court ordered to wind up the probe regarding multiple offshore companies and financial dealings of Sharif family in a span of six months from the day of filing references.

Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan was also part of the five-member bench which heard the landmark Panama case initiated in November last year.