ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar Wednesday rejected to restore former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s appeal to club together all three corruption references against him and his family.
Nawaz Sharif is poised to fly to London after appearing before the Accountability Court hearing corruption references.
Rejecting to restore Nawaz Sharif’s appeal, CJ Nisar upheld the objections leveled by Registrar Office.
Earlier also, the apex court dismissed Nawaz Sharif’s chamber appeal. His appeals to turn all corruption references into one reference had earlier been rejected by both Accountability Court and Islamabad High Court (IHC).
In his petition, Nawaz Sharif is of the view that only one reference can be filed over more than one estates.
The Supreme Court disqualified him on July 28 last year in the Panama Papers case and ordered National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file three corruption references against him and his family and one against former finance minister Ishaq Dar.
Corruption references of Al Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, Avenfield properties, and offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd were filed against Nawaz and his family in the light of apex court’s order.
He moved the apex court seeking to merge all references against him.
After apex court’s Registrar rejected his plea, Nawaz requested the chief justice to restore his application. The CJ rejected his appeal during a hearing of the appeal in his chamber today.
The same plea was rejected also by the accountability court on November 8. After which he moved the IHC for the purpose however, it also dismissed his plea.
The disqualified Prime Minister decided to leave for London to tend to his ailing wife. He is expected to bring her home if her doctors permit so. –Samaa
Story first published: 21st February 2018