The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has submitted a progress report of references against the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, to the supervising judge appointed by the Supreme Court, a private TV channel reported on Thursday.
The report, submitted to the SC judge, includes details of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s indictment by the accountability court, sources said.
The apex court had appointed a judge to monitor the proceedings of the references–filed against the Sharif family in the light of July 28 Panama case verdict—to avoid any negligence and casualness often demonstrated by different institutions in corruption trials.
The report also contains details regarding the rejection of Nawaz Sharif’s plea to club the three references, besides the high court orders in this regard.
The NAB report also mentions the absence of the finance minister from court proceedings in detail, along with the names of the witnesses being summoned for the next hearing. The report also contains copies of various court orders issued on different occasions.
On Wednesday, the court formally framed charges against Nawaz in person in the three references faced by the former premier.
Rejecting the charges in the three references and pleading not guilty, as his representative had done earlier, Nawaz said in court that he was denied the right to a fair trial and his basic rights were not protected.
The NAB has in total filed three references against the Sharif family and another against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the accountability court, in light of the Supreme Court’s orders in the Panama Papers case verdict of July 28.