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Court refuses to club 3 references against Sharif
November 09, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: An accountability court in Islamabad on Wednesday rejected an application of the ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif for clubbing the three references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the Supreme Court direction.

After the announcement of the judgment, Sharif was called to the rostrum and the judge read out the charges against him. Sharif was indicted separately in each of the three references. He pleaded “not guilty” to all the charges.

While at the rostrum, Sharif expressed his concern that since the Supreme Court had given a six-month deadline for the references to be wrapped up, deciding four references in this period would mean each case gets just one and a half months. However, the judge observed that the cases could conclude within the timeframe if heard simultaneously.

After the indictment, the court revived summonses for the prosecution witnesses - Sidra Mansoor of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and Jahangir Ahmed of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) - to appear at the next hearing.

The accountability court also decided on an application filed by Maryam and her husband Safdar for deletion of a charge related to the use of Calibri font. On October 19, it had indicted both in the London flats references.

The court decided to delete Section 3(a) of National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999 dealing with forgery from the charges against the couple. The charge could be reinstated in case the prosecution comes up with solid evidence against the accused related to forgery.

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