SC dismisses Nawaz’s plea to club NAB’s references, registrar’s objections stand

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SC dismisses Nawaz's appeal

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan dismissed the appeal of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif seeking the merger of corruption references, filed against him by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in accountability court, into one.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) while hearing the appeal of Nawaz Sharif in his chamber maintained objections of the registrar office on the appeal and dismissed Nawaz’s request to club all the NAB references together.
On October 13, the former prime minister had approached the Supreme Court seeking an end to the multiple references against him and pleaded for the merger of references into one.
However, the apex court’s registrar had rejected the petition, saying the petitioner needed to approach the relevant forum.
Later, Nawaz appealed the registrar’s decision which was heard in-camera today by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, who dismissed the appeal.
Nawaz’s petition had also called upon the Supreme Court to halt the accountability court proceedings of the three references against the Sharif family until a single reference is filed.
The plea was filed by Nawaz’s legal team under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution.
It stated that Section 9 (a) (5) of the National Accountability Ordinance holds that the reference against possession of assets beyond known sources of income should be one and not spread over several references.
While talking to media, Nawaz’s lawyer Khawaja Haris confirmed that the petition has been dismissed saying that the decision of CJP was unexpected.
He added that such appeals were usually heard in open courts.

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