NAB references against Sharifs

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EXECUTIVE Board meeting of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday approved filing of four references in pursuance of the Supreme Court judgement in Panama Papers case. Three of the references are against former Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and one against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. The references have been filed on the basis of the report submitted by the JIT.
Cases against Sharif family are, perhaps, only ones that are being pursued vigorously and as per pre-determined deadlines. The apex court had ordered NAB to file references within six weeks and the institution has done the same and it is to be seen whether demands of justice have been met. The speed with which the cases are being pursued could lead to some outcome positively within the next few months as a Supreme Court judge would be monitoring and supervising the trial despite objections raised by the affected party that this is against norms of the justice. It is also an irony that investigations against Sharifs have been carried out by people like Irfan Naeem Mangi about whom the Supreme Court observed on Wednesday that Mangi became a hero being one of the members of the JIT against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yet the court can’t get hold of him due to apex court’s own judgement in Panama case. What a paradoxical situation? Sharifs have also raised many other issues in their review petitions and the fairness demanded the petitions should be decided before start of proceedings in the accountability court but it seems the SC is in no hurry. It is also worth pointing that members of the Sharif family did not appear before NAB and it is to be seen whether or not they contest cases against them in accountability courts.