Published On: Sat, Oct 13th, 2018
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SC rejects Sharifs appeal to extend corruption trial until Nov 30

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Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on Friday rejected Nawaz Sharif’s counsel request for another six weeks extension in the trial and directed to conclude the trial till November 17.

The top court directed the three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s counsel to conclude references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) till November 17.

Earlier, Nawaz Sharif’s Counsel Khawaja Haris had written an application requesting for the extension in the trial of former prime minister and his sons in Al Azizia and Flagship corruption references.

A three-member bench, headed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, heard the case pertaining to the Sharif family appeal to extend hearing of the corruption reference cases.

Defense counsel Khawaja Haris, during the hearing, briefed the top court judges’ bench on the proceedings in the case and prayed upon the top court to extend the trial until November 30. However, the bench granted a five-week extension and also warned of the strict consequences if the cases were not concluded during the given time-frame.

Justice Saqib Nisar remarked this is the case which created conflict between two brothers, asking do you know who these two brothers are. They want early decision of the case so that you can get early mental relief.

Mian Saqib further remarked if you want we can work on weakened. The chief justice made it clear to Haris that it would be the last extension and in case trial has not been completed the accountability court would be consulted and Sunday will be the trial day.

The deadline granted by the top court to the accountability court to complete the trial was ended on October 7. Following the incomplete trial, Accountability Court No-2 Judge Muhammad Arshad Malik had written a letter to the SC requesting for the extension in the trial.

The Supreme Court had granted six months time to the accountability court to complete the trial in three references against the Sharif family. The court has so far granted six extensions.

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