Justice Muhammad Bashir, who is hearing corruption references against Sharif family, will continue serving as the accountability judge for another three years after President Mamnoon Hussain approved extension in his tenure.
“In exercise of powers conferred by Section 5 (g) and (h) of National Accountability Ordinance, 1999, the President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan has been pleased to appoint Mr. Muhammad Bashir, District and Sessions Judge (BS 21) as a Judge Accountability Court-I, Islamabad in his own pay and scale on deputation basis for further period of three years w.e.f. 10-03-2018 to 12.03.2021 or until further order, whichever is earlier,” states a notification issued today (Thursday) by the Ministry of Law and Justice.
Copy of notification issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice
The extension was given a day after the the ministry of law has assured the Supreme Court of Pakistan to extend the tenure of NAB court Judge Muhammad Bashir.
Law secretary Chaudhry Nazeer Ahmed had assured that the extension will be done before March 12 over which, the court ordered to inform about the development in the case on March 10.
Since September 2017, Justice Mohammad Bashir is hearing London flats, Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment references against ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar and also leading assets beyond income case against former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
He was appointed in 2012 while the federal government, on the suggestion of IHC, extended his tenure for three years in 2015. He was going to retire on March 13 this year.