Panama verdict: SC orders NAB to file references against Sharif family in 6 weeks

  • Court directs NAB to decide reference within six months
  • A five-judge bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, orders to book PM in case

ISLAMABAD – Supreme Court of Pakistan declaring the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif disqualified on Friday ordered National Accountability Bureau to file references against the members of Sharif family and decide it within six weeks.

The 5-o verdict was announced by a five-judge bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa – the same judge who had commenced his dissenting note in the April 20 judgment with a quote from Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather and declared Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ‘disqualified’ for being dishonest to the nation.

The court ordered the NAB to file references against Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz, Captain (r) Safdar and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar within two weeks.

The court also disqualified Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Captain (r) Safdar from office in the landmark decision.

The larger bench also directed the NAB to decide the cases within six months.