Reference against Zardari, Nawaz and Gilani sent back to NAB

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An accountability court on Wednesday sent back a reference against former president Asif Ali Zardari, ex-premiers Nawaz Sharif and Yousuf Raza Gilani to the National Accountability Bureau under the recently tweaked NAB law.

The reference was sent back as the charge on the accused was for Rs110 million, whereas after the amendments made to the National Accountability Ordinance 2000 by the coalition government, a NAB case is made on a charge of Rs500 million.

During the hearing, the accountability court Judge Muhammad Bashir issued orders to send the reference to the relevant forum under the NAB Amendment Ordinance.

It is pertinent to note that following the completion of the accountability court judge Asghar Ali’s term, Muhammad Bashir heard the reference as an administrative judge.