Supreme Court rejected NAB’s plea to adjourn Hudaibiya reopening case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to adjourn the hearing of its petition seeking to reopen of Hudaibiya Paper Mills case against the Sharif family for an indefinite period.

A bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Mushir Alam and comprising Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel, is hearing the petition of the NAB challenging the Lahore High Court’s verdict, quashing Rs1.2 billion Hudaibiya corruption reference against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and members of his family.

The NAB filed an application, requesting the court to adjourn today’s hearing until its new prosecutor general is appointed.

While dismissing the application, Justice Mushir observed that the ground on which adjournment of the case is being sought is not a legitimate one.

The prosecutor general post has been vacant since last month after the three-year tenure of Waqas Qadeer Dar ended.

At the previous hearing, the bench directed the NAB prosecutor to produce an entire record of the case, details about the public offices the accused named in the reference held, and the original complaint filed against them with the accountability bureau.

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