Rawalpindi: Corruption cases against Sharif brothers put off until 22nd
RAWALPINDI: The Accountability Court No IV on Thursday adjourned until May 22 the hearing of the Ittefaq Foundry, Hudaibiya Paper Mills and Raiwind corruption references against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, his brother Shahbaz Sharif and others.
Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) deputy prosecutor general, requested Judge Chaudhry Khalid Mehmood to adjourn the hearing as he had been under work pressure. He said he had yet to receive instructions from the NAB chairman on whether to withdraw the cases or not. The court accepted the request and adjourned the hearing. The NAB reopened three cases against the Sharif brothers days before their return from eight years of exile. Both have been named as the main accused in the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case filed with the Attock NAB Court on March 27, 2000. In the Raiwind corruption reference, Nawaz and his mother Shamim Akhtar are the main accused, charged with the accumulation of assets beyond their declared means of income. In the Ittefaq Foundry reference, Nawaz, Shahbaz, their brother Abbas Sharif and many others have been accused of securing and misusing huge loans, causing the national exchequer losses amounting to millions of rupees.