ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday extended deadline for the accountability court to complete hearing of references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for three weeks, ARY News reported.
A bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar extended the deadline till December 24.
The chief justice expressing his annoyance against defence lawyer Khawaja Haris, and said he was unnecessarily lingering on the case. ” Hundred stories of Alif Laila would have completed in the time you have taken for the case,” the top judge remarked.
“We heard cases till 7:00 in the past evening.” “You have that energy, which I don’t have,” the defence counsel responded to the chief justice in a lighter manner.
The chief justice warned the defence counsel of Nawaz Sharif, to avoid talking about boycott of the case.
This is the 8th extension the Supreme Court has granted to the accountability court for completion of the references against Sharif.
An accountability court hearing Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment corruption references against Nawaz Sharif.
The Supreme Court earlier on granted 7th extension in the deadline of the case in November to the accountability court and on October 12 sixth extension to the court to complete the trial against former premier Nawaz Sharif in the two corruption references.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed three references against the Sharif family in the light of the July 28, 2017 verdict of the Supreme Court that disqualified Nawaz Sharif from the office of prime minister.
A reference pertaining to the Sharif family’s Avenfield properties in London has been decided while Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references are pending for disposal.
On July 6, this year an accountability court had sentenced Nawaz to a total of eleven years in prison and imposed a £8 million fine in the corruption reference. His daughter Maryam was sentenced to eight years with a £2 million fine while his son in law retired Captain Safdar was given a one-year sentence.
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