CJP dismisses former PM’s appeal to club NAB references


—Radio Pakistan

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has dismissed appeal of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for clubbing of NAB reference during in-chamber hearing of the case.

Nawaz Sharif had filed an appeal against objections of Registrar of the court to his application for clubbing of the references.

The Chief Justice upheld objections of the Registrar and said that Nawaz Sharif has already exercised the review option in Panama papers case.

Earlier, former PM filed the appeal through his legal team, headed by Khawaja Haris Ahmed, comprising Azam Nazir Tarrar, Saad M. Hashmi and Zaafir Khan Tareen to set aside order dated 08-11-2017, passed by the accountability court and termed it a “hurried decision”.

Earlier, The decision by Judge Mohammad Bashir is likely to drag out the trial of Sharif, as well as his daughter and her husband, both co-defendants in the cases stemming from documents leaked from a Panama law firm.

Nawaz and his two sons, Hussain and Hasan are nominated in all three references while his daughter Maryam and her husband are only named in one.