Pak Supreme Court dis­misses Sharif’s re­view plea against dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion

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Is­lam­abad: Pak­istan’s Supreme Court to­day dis­missed the re­view pe­ti­tions filed by ousted prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif, his chil­dren and Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ishaq Dar, chal­leng­ing his dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion in the Panama Pa­pers scan­dal.

The court had re­served its ver­dict on the re­view pe­ti­tions af­ter the lawyers for all pe­ti­tion­ers com­pleted their ar­gu­ments.

A five-judge Supreme bench headed by Jus­tice Asif Saeed Khosa had taken up the pe­ti­tions seek­ing re­view of the court’s July 28 judg­ment which dis­qual­i­fied 67-year-old Sharif for dis­hon­esty and or­dered the fil­ing of cor­rup­tion cases against him, his chil­dren Hus­sain, Has­san and Maryam Nawaz, son-in- law Mo­ham­mad Saf­dar and Dar.

“For rea­sons to be recorded later, all these re­view pe­ti­tions are dis­missed,” Jus­tice Khosa an­nounced. The rea­sons for the judge­ment will be re­vealed later in the de­tailed or­der, the Dawn re­ported.

With the re­jec­tion of the re­view pe­ti­tions, Sharif ’s dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion as a mem­ber of par­lia­ment re­mains valid.

The Sharif fam­ily and Dar will now face cor­rup­tion cases filed by the Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau in the ac­count­abil­ity court.

The Supreme Court had yes­ter­day asked Sharif to have trust in the court “which had al­ways come to his res­cue in the past”.

“There is no need to get ap­pre­hen­sive merely be­cause one de­ci­sion has come against you,” Jus­tice Asif Saeed Khosa ob­served while ad­dress­ing se­nior coun­sel Khawaja Haris Ahmed, rep­re­sent­ing Sharif.

The ob­ser­va­tion came when Sharif ’s lawyer Khawaja Haris ex­pressed the reser­va­tion that his client might not get fair trial in the ac­count­abil­ity court since ev­ery­thing in the cor­rup­tion ref­er­ences against Sharif and his chil­dren had been at­trib­uted to the Supreme Court.

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Nawaz Sharif

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