Nawaz ‘in­flu­enced’ Hu­daibiya case ap­peal

The Pak Banker - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Re­porter ISLAMABAD

The Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau ( NAB) sub­mit­ted on Wed­nes­day a new re­quest in Supreme Court re­gard­ing the re­open­ing of the Hu­daibiya Pa­per Mills Ltd case.

In the re­quest, sub­mit­ted by NAB Deputy Prose­cu­tor Gen­eral Im­ranul Haq, it is stated that for­mer prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif tried to in­flu­ence the ap­peal into the Hu­daibiya case. The NAB has also pleaded be­fore the Supreme Court to ig­nore its de­lay in fil­ing the ap­peal and per­mit the bureau to re­open the case. The case can­not be dis­missed on the ba­sis of the La­hore High Court's de­ci­sion [to quash the ref­er­ence] or due to some­one's non-se­ri­ous- ness, the NAB's re­quest states.

It states fur­ther that to dis­miss NAB's plea to rein­ves­ti­gate the case would be akin to se­ri­ous in­jus­tice. On Tues­day, a three-mem­ber Supreme Court bench be­gan hear­ing NAB's ap­peal to re­open the Rs1.2 bil­lion Hu­daibiya case.

NAB has ap­pealed an ear­lier de­ci­sion of the La­hore High Court (LHC) di­rect­ing it to quash the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the case, which ac­cuses for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter Se­na­tor Ishaq Dar and prom­i­nent mem­bers of the Sharif fam­ily of money laun­der­ing. Jus­tice Mushir Alam is head­ing the three­mem­ber bench hear­ing the case, which in­cludes Jus­tice Qazi Faez Isa and Jus­tice Mazhar Alam Miankhel.

The bench or­dered NAB to sub­mit the com­plete record of the case at the next hear­ing, in­clud­ing the rel­e­vant doc­u­ments of the Panama Pa­pers case Joint In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team re­port. The hear­ing was then ad­journed un­til De­cem­ber 11 as NAB asked for more time to pre­pare for the case. On Septem­ber 20 this year, NAB filed an ap­peal in the Supreme Court against the LHC's 2014 de­ci­sion, nam­ing for­mer prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif, his broth­ers Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter She­hbaz Sharif and late Ab­bas Sharif, their mother Shamim Akhter, She­hbaz's son and MNA Hamza She­hbaz, MaryamNawaz, and others as re­spon­dents.

The NAB has pleaded the Supreme Court to dis­miss the LHC de­ci­sion to quash the case and or­der a rein­ves­ti­ga­tion into the scam as per the new ev­i­dence which sur­faced in the Panama case JIT re­port.

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