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SC Extends Deadline to Conclude NAB Ref Against Sharif Family

The Apex Court on Wednesday extended the deadline for concluding corruption cases against former PM Nawaz Sharif and his family until June 9.
The accountability court had submitted a request to the apex court seeking another extension in the deadline to conclude the high-profile cases.
As the hearing went under way, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, who is the monitoring judge of the corruption cases, asked why the trial has not concluded yet.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor replied that the trial has concluded in one reference.Justice Ahsan then inquired if arguments in the Avenfield reference have concluded and whether its verdict can be given separately.
When the head of the two member bench Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh, asked how much time the defence counsel requires, Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris said he needs three months.
Haris contended that with Ramazan around the corner, a month’s extension would not be enough and the trial should not be rushed.
The court however extended the deadline for a month.
Justice Ahsan remarked that the rights of the accused will be safeguarded at all costs.