Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar has appointed Supreme Court’s Justice Ijazul Ahsan to oversee the proceedings of the references that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has been directed to file against ousted premier Nawaz Sharif, his family members and former finance minister Ishaq Dar.
A notification issued on August 1 states that Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar has nominated Justice Ijazul Ahsan as the monitoring judge to supervise and monitor implementation of the Supreme Court’s last week’s Panama Papers case judgement and oversee proceedings conducted by NAB and the accountability court.
However since Justice Ahsan is not in the country at the moment, the notification states that Justice Ijaz Afzal Khan will oversee the monitoring till Justice Ahsan returns.
Justice Ahsan, who has formerly served as the chief justice of the Lahore High Court, was elevated to the Supreme Court in June 2016.
On July 28, in a landmark judgement in the Panamagate case, a five-judge Supreme Court bench unanimously deposed Nawaz Sharif and directed NAB to file references against Sharif, his sons Hassan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, daughter Maryam Nawaz, son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar and the then finance minister Ishaq Dar.
In line with the top court’s verdict, the executive board of NAB convened on Monday and decided to file these references in the accountability courts of Rawalpindi and Islamabad within six weeks from July 28.
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