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The Supreme Court on Wednesday extended the deadline for an accountability court to conclude trial in three corruption references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family until June 9.

“We are certain the trial will conclude by June 9,” the court ruled after hearing arguments of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) representative and the defense counsel.

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The accountability court of Islamabad had sought another extension to conclude the trial as the deadline given to it by the apex court will expire on May 12.

At the outset of the hearing for the extension application today, Justice Ijazul Ahsan asked Special Prosecutor Akbar Tarrar why NAB had not been able to conclude the trial until now even though the court had given it enough time.

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