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Bench formed to hear Hudaibya Paper Mills case
By Tariq Butt November 11, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday constituted a three-member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa to hear the case of the Hudaibya Paper Mills of the Sharif family.

The bench also included Justice Dost Mohammad and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel.

Justice Khosa had also headed the Panama bench, which disqualified Nawaz Sharif as the prime minister and directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file references against the Sharif family.

On Sept.20, the apex court had admitted for hearing the NAB’s request to set aside the judgment delivered by the Lahore High Court (LHC) in 2014, quashing the case of Hudaibya Paper Mills after which Nawaz Sharif and his family members were acquitted.

NAB Prosecutor General Waqas Qadeer Dar filed the petition for leave to appeal under Article 185(3) of the Constitution against the judgment passed by the LHC on March 11, 2014 in the case.

The NAB made Sharif, his brother and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Abbas Sharif (late), Hussain Nawaz, Hamza Shahbaz, Shamim Akhtar (mother) and Sabiha Abbas (widow of Abbas Sharif) and Maryam Nawaz.

The appeal requested the court to examine the legality, and propriety of the impugned judgment of March 11, 2014. It was contended that the judgment was not passed in consonance with the dictums laid down by the apex court.

The NAB further argued that the LHC’s referee judge was not competent to set aside the findings of the LHC, in which the NAB had been allowed to re-initiate investigations against Sharif family members.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court registrar returned a petition filed by Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan telling him that it cannot be submitted to the top court and that he should contact the forum concerned.

Imran maintained in his petition that a person (Nawaz Sharif) who has been disqualified as a member of the National Assembly could not hold a party position.

He claimed that in a bid to reinstate Sharif as the party chief of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), a special amendment was made in the Election Act against the Constitution.

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