IHC Rejects Nawaz Petition For Staying AC Proceeding

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Islamabad (November 14, 2017): The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday turned down the deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif  petition seeking stay on Accountability Court proceeding in three references filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the directive of apex court judgment on July 28.

The two-member IHC bench heard the case filed by the Nawaz Sharif seeking stay on the proceeding of accountability court in references filed by NAB.

The court however issued a pre-admission notice to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for Monday over Sharif’s petition challenging the trial court’s decision against clubbing of the separate NAB references.

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Earlier today, ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif challenged in the Islamabad High Court an accountability court’s decision against clubbing three corruption references pending against him into one.

During the hearing, Sharif’s counsel Azam Nazir Tarrar requested the court for a stay on proceedings before the the trial court but the IHC’s divisional bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani turned down the plea.

Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday challenged in the Islamabad High Court an accountability court’s decision against clubbing three corruption references pending against him into one.Sharif’s lawyer, Azam Tarar, submitted an application in this regard in court on Tuesday.

Sharif’s lawyer, Azam Tarar, submitted an application in this regard in court on Tuesday.

“The accountability court did not take the IHC previous detailed judgement  into account while deciding against clubbing the three references together,” the application argued.

“The accountability court gave its verdict in a rush and thus it should be deemed void by the IHC,” it declared.

Tarar requested the court to begin proceedings on the application within the day. The hearing was held late in the afternoon, during which the judge hearing the petition asked what the impact of deciding in favour of the petitioner would be.

“All proceedings on the references will be declared null and void,” Tarar told the court, “and the National Accountability Bureau will have to begin the process anew to file a consolidated reference.”

When reminded that the petitioner had a similar appeal pending in the Supreme Court, Tarar said it was based on different grounds.

The IHC subsequently issued a notice to NAB and scheduled the next hearing for November 20.

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Originally Posted on Abbtak TV

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