SC summons details of all NAB Lahore pending cases

Statesman Report

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court on Tuesday summoned details of all National Accountability Bureau cases pending in court.

A three-member bench led by Justice Mushir Alam and comprising Justice Sardar Tariq Masood and Justice Yahya Afridi heard a petition filed by PML-N leader Hamza Shahbaz seeking post-arrest bail in a case pertaining to money laundering and assets beyond means of income.

During the hearing, Hamza’s counsel Advocated Amjad Pervaiz said his client was arrested on June 11 2019, a reference was filed in against him in August 2020 and he was indicted on November 11 2020. The lawyer maintained that the anti-graft watchdog has, to date, recorded statement of only three witnesses out of 110 listed.

Observing that the case pertained to 23 fake accounts, Justice Alam asked whether the counsel wanted his client to be given a chance to respond.

Justice Afridi asked NAB how much time was required to record witness statements. "Six months,” replied Additional Prosecutor Imranul Haq. When Justice Alam questioned why it was taking so long, Imran argued that the witnesses were employed by the Sharif family hence it was proving difficult to call them to record statements. ?�