Nation special report
ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister (PM) NawazSharif arrived here from London Thursday and he would appear before Accountability Court (AC) today (Friday). Nawaz flew to Islamabad via PIA flight No PK-786 from London and he was greeted by a large number of PML-N leaders and workers at Benazir International Airport Thursday.
Nawaz was brought to Rawal lounge where a NAB team led by investigation officer Mehboob Alam served court’s summons on him. He made brief consultation with party leaders and later along with his motorcade reached Punjab house. Railway minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Asif Kirmani, PMLN information secretary Pervez Rashid and other party leaders also accompanied him to Punjab House. PML-N consultative meeting held in Punjab House under Nawaz Sharif has concluded.
Meeting was attended by Raja Zafar ul Haq, Mushahid Ullah, Chaudhry Tanvir, Saad Rafiq, Pervez Rashid, Zhaid Hamid, Anosha Rehman, Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Talal Chaudhry and Amir Muqam.
The matters of NAB references against Nawaz Sharif and his appearance in Accountability
court came under discussion in the meeting. Nawaz Sharif on the occasion said “we have not pursued any path of confrontation. Clash has been made with us. We believe
in the politics of values and not power. I have come here to face the cases. I am not afraid of cases. Before leaving London on Wednesday, Nawaz Sharif told
media that he wants to know the name of conspiracy hatched against him. “I am not aware of charges and name of the conspiracy weaved to trap him. How can
you expect a strong and prosper Pakistan if you just kick out an elected prime minister without telling the reasons and naming your plan”, he asked.
“They just want to punish me and to send me to jail and working on their plan accordingly”, said Nawaz Sharif without pointing out the circles he referred
as against him. Commenting over these remarks of ousted premier, the political
observers said that only two sides know the conspiracy. One is the planner and second is Nawaz Sharif himself. “It is the high time that Nawaz Sharif take the initiative
of taking nation into confidence and expose the plan and planners (the invisible hands) otherwise it would be too late and he would not have enough time to remorse.
According to informed sources, this suggestion was submitted to Nawaz Sharif during his
stay and party meeting in London and it is more likely that he would act accordingly at an appropriate time. Nawaz Sharif will appear before the accountability court on Friday to face references filed against him by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in connection with Panama Papers case.
IHC accepts petition The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday accepted a petition
moved by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to club together three separate accountability references pending against him, ordering an accountability
court which had dismissed the request earlier to consider the case again.
In doing so, the IHC set aside the October 19 decision of the accountability court to turn
down the petition. Sharif’s lawyer, Azam Nazir Tarar, said today that the accountability
court had not provided any reasoning for the rejection of Sharif’s earlier petition;
therefore, the IHC should set the accountability court’s decision aside.
Sharif had, in his petition to the IHC, asked the court to direct the accountability court to frame joint charges and conduct a single trial against the Sharif family, instead
of holding three separate trials. In a previous hearing, Sharif’s lawyer had also informed
the bench that this was the first time that more than one reference had been filed in a case concerning the possession of assets beyond one`s means when the series
of transactions was the same. The IHC asked Sharif to file a fresh application with the accountability court, which was directed to re-hear the application
and give a detailed verdict on the matter. Sharif, his children and sonin-
law are facing three NAB references against them relating to Flagship Investments and other off-shore companies, their Avenfield Properties and the Al-Azizia