Rawalpindi: 3 cases against Sharifs delayed until May 8
RAWALPINDI: An Accountability Court (AC) on Friday adjourned until May 8 the hearing of the Ittefaq Foundry, Hudaibia Paper Mills, and Raiwind corruption references against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif and some of his family members.
The cases were postponed on the request of Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta, the deputy prosecutor general of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), who said he had to await instructions from the bureau chief on whether or not to pursue the cases.
The NAB reopened these cases against the Sharifs last year, a few days before the family returned to Pakistan from an exile lasting almost eight years.
Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif are the main accused parties in the Hudaibia Paper Mills case. The reference was filed with the Attock NAB Court on March 27, 2000.
In the Raiwind corruption reference, Nawaz Sharif and his mother Shamim Akhtar are charged with misusing authority to accumulate assets beyond their declared means of income. In the Ittefaq Foundry reference, Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, and Abbas Sharif have been accused of acquiring and misusing huge loans, causing losses of millions of rupees to the national exchequer.