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NAB ‘preparing’ references against Sharif family

NAB ‘preparing’ references against Sharif family

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided not to send more notices to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his children. Instead, it will begin preparing references against them in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict.

According to a senior NAB official, the investigation team has fulfilled that requirement and NAB can now file a reference. He said that the Sharifs gave up an opportunity to present a defence.

NAB has to file references against Nawaz Sharif and his children within six weeks of the verdict. However, a member of the legal team believes, “The Sharif family has no remedy except to wait for the hearing of their review petition against the July 28 verdict,” adding “[It is to be seen] how the high court can hear the respondents’ grievances in the existence of the Supreme Court’s verdict.”

He informed that the review will be fixed for hearing after the availability of judges is known.

The Sharif family has already expressed concern over the appointment of a Supreme Court judge to supervise the NAB proceedings against them.

Meanwhile, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family continued to skip NAB proceedings. However, NAB, in its third call-up notice, heard from the Sharif family’s lawyer, who has filed a two-page reply to the notices.

In response to the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) notices, Amjad Pervez, counsel for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his children, submitted a reply to the NAB Investigation Team in Lahore.