ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, has ordered formation of a Supreme Court (SC) bench to hear a reference of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) pertaining to Sharif family’s Hudaibiya Paper Mills.
The three-judge bench will be headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, and will also include Justice Dost Muhammad and Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel.
The bench will formally begin hearings on Nov 13.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had appealed to the apex court against the Lahore High Court’s 2014 decision to acquit Nawaz Sharif and several members of his family in the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case.
In its appeal, the bureau asked the apex court to set aside the 2014 judgement “in the interest of justice, fair play and equity”.
On Wednesday, the accountability court rejected an application filed by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif for clubbing together three NAB references.
In the hearing, Nawaz Sharif was indicted separately in each of the three references — he pleaded “not guilty” to all the charges.
The three reference are about: Flagship Investment Co, Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Sharif family’s Avenfield Properties in London.
A five-member bench of the Supreme Court on July 28 had directed NAB to file the references against Nawaz and his children in six weeks in the accountability court and directed the trial court to decide the references within six months.
The Supreme Court also assigned Justice Ijazul Ahsan a supervisory role to monitor the progress of the accountability court proceedings.
The former premier and his sons, Hassan and Hussain, have been named in all three NAB references, while Maryam and husband Safdar have been named only in the Avenfield reference.