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Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on Monday recused himself from a Supreme Court (SC) bench constituted to deliberate a reference pertaining to the Sharif family’s Hudaibiya Paper Mills and asked Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar to set up a new bench to hear the case.

Justice Khosa, who was appointed to head the bench, distanced himself from the case as soon as the court proceedings started and said, “I think the registrar’s office made a mistake by putting this case on my roster as I have already written 14 paragraphs on this matter in the April 20 Panama Papers verdict.”

“I think the registrar’s office has not read my Panamagate verdict. In it, I even gave my ruling on the matter as far as Ishaq Dar is concerned,” he added.

Recapping his verdict in the case, Justice Khosa said, “Ishaq Dar was an accused in the case, then he turned into an approver.”

“However, once the previous verdict in the case is going to be rendered void, Dar’s status as approver will also end,” he added.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor asked the court that the case be heard next week.

Approving the NAB prosecutor’s request, Justice Khosa sent an application to the chief justice asking that a new bench be created to hear the case.

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