Nawaz challenges accountability court’s dismissal of plea to club references

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has challenged the accountability court’s decision to dismiss his plea to club three corruption references against him and his family into one.
Nawaz has challenged the decision in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) through his lawyer Azam Tarar, stating that the verdict was given in haste and the accountability court did not take into account the points in the earlier IHC verdict.
The petition pleads the IHC to direct the accountability court “to frame one charge and conduct a single trial” against the Sharif family in the three corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau.
The IHC should also suspend accountability court proceedings till the framing of a joint charge against the Sharifs, the petition requests.
The petitioner has also requested the IHC to take up the plea as soon as possible and dismiss the trial court’s order.
The accountability court hearing corruption cases against Nawaz Sharif and his family dismissed his plea to club references on November 8. The plea was heard by the court on the orders of IHC, after initially dismissing the plea.
The corruption references were filed by the NAB in light of the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Panama Papers case.
Nawaz and his two sons, Hussain and Hasan, are nominated in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and her husband are only accused in one.
The detailed accountability court order dismissing the plea was issued on November 10, stating that the three references comprise different charges, as opposed to the petitioner’s claim that the accusations are the same.
The judge stated in his ruling that only two witnesses are common among the three references, denying another assertion by Nawaz in his petition.
The judge also remarked that the petitioner wanted to make things easier for himself by getting the three references clubbed.