Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif petitioned the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday seeking to stop the indictment proceedings against him in the accountability court.
Nawaz, through his representative Zafir Khan, has submitted three petitions in the high court challenging the accountability court’s October 19 decision to indict him in the Avenfield properties and Azizia Steel Mills reference.
He was indicted in the third and last Flagship Investment Ltd reference on October 20.
The accountability court is hearing corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau against Nawaz and his family members, as well as Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, in light of the Supreme Court’s order in the Panama Papers case. In his petition, Nawaz has pleaded the IHC to declare the October 19 decision illegal and order the accountability court to combine the three references against him into one. He has also pleaded that there should be one trial on one charge instead of separate cases.
On October 13, the former prime minister filed a similar plea in the Supreme Court seeking the quashing of ‘concurrent’ corruption references against him. The plea asked the Supreme Court to halt the accountability court proceedings of the three references against the Sharif family until a single reference is filed.—INP