Top Court rejects NAB petition challenging IHC decision to hear Sharif’s appeal

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan has dismissed a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) petition against Islamabad High Court’s decision to hear a suspension of sentence plea filed by former premier Nawaz Sharif and his family member on Monday.

As the hearing underway, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar expressed displeasure over what he termed a “frivolous petition” filed by NAB and ordered the NAB authority to pay Rs20,000 as fine.

Later the Top Judge directed the NAB prosecutor to submit the fine in the dams fund.

The CJP admonished NAB Prosecutor Akram Qureshi for challenging the IHC’s decision and said that the IHC decision is in line with mechanism.

NAB, in its petition, had requested the apex court to set aside the IHC’s September 10 decision to hear petitions seeking suspension of justice filed by former PM Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar.

PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif is serving jail time with his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retired) Safdar in compliance with a July 6 court order in Avenfield reference case.

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