SC forms bench to hear NAB’s appeal in Hudaibiya Paper Mills case

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 ISLAMABAD : Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday formed Supreme Court bench comprising of three judges to hear National Accountability Bureau (NAB) plea to declare Lahore High Court’s (LHC) judgement into Hudaibiya Paper Mills case void.

The three-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Dost Muhammad and Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel will hear the appeal on November 13.

Earlier on November 20, NAB filed an appeal in apex court seeking to invalidate LHC three years old judgement in Hudaibiya Paper Mills case. In 2014 Ousted Prim Minister Nawaz Sharif along with his several family members was acquitted by LHC from Rs1.2 billion Hudabiya Paper Mills scam.

According to the NAB, emergence of fresh evidence in the wake of Panama Leaks has given them ground to challenge LHC’s verdict.

On September 20, NAB filed a petition in Supreme Court (SC) against Lahore High Court (LHC) verdict to close the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case as Sharifs were cleared in this and Raiwind Assets references.

Awami Muslim League (AML) Chief Sheikh Rasheed had submitted a petition in SC, stating that on July 21, amid hearing of the Panama Papers case, NAB had assured the court to submit reply in seven days on Hudaibiya case but it failed to do so within the mentioned time.

The Hudaibiya Paper Mills is basically about money laundering of Sharif family during 1990s.

The case was lodged against Nawaz Sharif ,his brother and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Shehbaz’s son and Member of National Assembly Hamza Shehbaz and other members over Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar’s confessional statement on April 25, 2000 before magistrate in Lahore.

The reference was afterwards dismissed by LHC on March 11, 2014 in response to a writ petition filed in 2011, stating that Dar was pressurized to record the statement.

Orignally published by NNI

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