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Accountability Courts of Pakistan

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    I get that. In other words she has been told to watch it, you are not out of trouble yet.
     
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    Court bins NAB’s ‘Calibri’ plea against Maryam Nawaz
    BY STAFF REPORT , (LAST UPDATED 13 SECONDS AGO)

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    –Judge says NAB’s plea not maintainable since PML-N leader’s appeal against Avenfield verdict is already pending in IHC

    –Maryam asks NAB prosecutor why it took anti-graft watchdog a year to raise trust deed issue

    ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Friday rejected an application filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) seeking legal proceedings against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz for using a bogus trust deed in the Avenfield properties case.

    The court had issued summons for Maryam on July 9, after NAB moved an application before Accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir.

    However, Judge Bashir returned the petition, saying it was not maintainable on the basis of the fact that Maryam already has an appeal pending against the Avenfield properties verdict filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

    During the hearing, Maryam spoke on the rostrum with the judge’s permission.

    She asked the prosecution why it took them a year to bring out the trust deed issue. The NAB prosecutor responded: “Better late than never”.

    The two continued to exchange words until the judge barred Maryam from doing so, asking her that she should let her lawyer carry out the proceedings.

    During arguments, NAB’s Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Khan Abbasi told the court that when the verdict in the case was presented, the bench had said that the matter of the use of fake documents would be looked at separately.

    To this, Maryam’s lawyer retorted, saying NAB only had 30 days to appeal the matter, but the bureau had taken more than a year to do so.

    “It may be late, but it is [the] right [thing to do],” Abbasi responded. To this, Maryam’s lawyer said that one cannot always be right.

    After hearing the arguments, the accountability judge dismissed NAB’s application and said that the matter could not be taken further until the high court rules on Maryam’s pending petition.

    Earlier in the day, Maryam left her Jati Umrah residence to go to Islamabad in order to appear before the court. She was accompanied by her husband Captain (r) Mohammad Safdar, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Pervez Rashid and Sadia Abbasi.

    As usual, a large number of PML-N supporters gathered in Islamabad to welcome their leader. At least 17 PML-N workers were arrested by the police for protesting outside the accountability court.

    Upon reaching the court, Maryam told reporters that she and her father Nawaz Sharif had been “contacted on several occasions to hold negotiations”.

    “Mian Sahab and I cannot fulfill the accessories,” she declared.

    Responding to a reporter’s question regarding the workers’ arrest, Maryam said: “Those who had paralysed the capital for 126 days should be ashamed of such acts. Their fear of Maryam Nawaz preceded my presence in the capital. If you were this afraid you should not have gotten selected.”

    She questioned why no action has been taken against accountability judge Arshad Malik after she exposed him during her press conference with video proof on July 6.

    The PML-N vice president added: “We need to sacrifice our own principles because of a selected prime minister.”

    CASE HISTORY:

    This development has come over a year after Maryam’s conviction in the Avenfield properties reference.

    On July 6, 2018, Judge Bashir had convicted former premier Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam in the Avenfield properties reference and sentenced them to 10 and 7 years imprisonment, respectively.

    In the verdict, judge Bashir had declared that “the trust deeds produced by the accused Maryam Nawaz were also found bogus… In view of the role of this accused Maryam Nawaz, she is convicted and sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for seven years with fine of two million pounds.”

    Subsequently, she was arrested and shifted to Adiala jail. Later, in September 2018, she was released from jail after the Islamabad High Court suspended her prison sentence.

    Maryam Nawaz recently released a controversial video allegedly featuring a separate accountability judge, Mohammad Arshad Malik, who had convicted her father in the Al-Azizia reference. The release of the video has stirred controversy in political and judicial circles, with Maryam Nawaz claiming that the judge in question was blackmailed into delivering an adverse verdict against her father.

    Since then, Judge Arshad Malik — who was removed from is post as an accountability judge by the Islamabad High Court — has denied the PML-N’s allegations and has registered an FIR against the party’s leadership.

    https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/20...-against-maryam-in-avenfield-properties-case/

    No one seems to know why she was released? And even her husband is running as a free man?
     
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    Merely a delay till IHC gives verdict :-)
     
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    An Accountability Court of Lahore on Wednesday adjourned hearing of Ashiana Iqbal Housing scheme case against former Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif till August 07

    The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) produced Shehbaz Sharif , Fawad Hassan Fawad and other suspects in the Ashiana scandal before duty judge Wasim Akhter.

    During the hearing, former Punjab Chief Minister criticised the anti-graft body for their presentation of “lies”. However, the prosecution responded in opposition and claimed that the politician was attempting to waste the court’s time.

    The court then adjourned the hearing of the case as the conclusion of the proceedings.

    The NAB alleged that Mr Sharif took advantage of being the chief minister of Punjab misused his authority by unlawfully assuming powers of Board of Directors of PLDC.

    It said he in connivance with his co-suspects awarded contract to an ineligible proxy firm that resulted in failure of Ashiana housing scheme causing a huge loss to public exchequer.

    https://nation.com.pk/24-Jul-2019/ashiana-i-iqbal-housing-case-court-adjourns-case-till-august-7
     
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    An accountability court in Lahore on Saturday extended the physical remand of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hamza Shahbaz for seven days in money laundering and assets beyond means references.

    Hamza was produced before the court by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in two corruption cases where the court had reserved its judgement against the PML-N leader.

    Accountability court judge Ameer Muhammad Khan presided over the hearing and inquired from the investigation officer about the number of days Hamza had been in the physical remand.

    To this, the court was told that Hamza had been in the remand for 52 days.

    Meanwhile, police have ensured strict security arrangements outside the judicial complex and blocked adjoining roads for routine traffic. The litigant public has been denied entry to the complex.
     
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    Accountability court rejects Zardari, Talpur's request for 'A' class facilities in jail
    Inamullah Khattak
    August 20, 2019

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    In this file photo, PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari is pictured alongside his sister Faryal Talpur leaving the FIA's Islamabad directorate. — DawnNewsTV/File
    An accountability court in Islamabad on Tuesday rejected a request filed by PPP's Asif Ali Zardari and Faryal Talpur — both under National Accountability Bureau's custody in the fake accounts case — for the provision of 'A' Class facilities to them in Adiala jail.

    The court, however, granted approval for various amenities to be installed or brought for use at their own expense.

    Today's hearing was conducted by accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir in which the defendants were represented by counsels Farooq H. Naek and Sardar Latif Khan Khosa.

    An application seeking ‘A’ Class facilities for Zardari and Talpur in prison had been submitted on Friday.

    Khosa had argued during Friday's hearing that his client had been given ‘A’ Class facilities in jail even before he became the president of Pakistan. He said the former president had turned old and had been suffering from multiple diseases, yet the jail authorities were not providing him proper care.

    The matter had been adjourned until today and Zardari and Talpur were exempted from personal appearance.

    The court today allowed the provision of the following additional facilities on personal expenditure to the incarcerated PPP leaders:

    • Airconditioning
    • Television
    • Radio
    • Ipad/Ipod
    • Refrigerator
    • Cooker
    • Kettle
    • Toaster
    • Torch
    • Electric mosquito killer
    • Iron
    Besides the above-mentioned appliances, approval was also granted for a personal attendant.

    An application had also been submitted by Talpur seeking permission to participate in the Sindh Assembly session. The court asked the counsels to approach the inspector general of prisons in this regard for transit remand.

    The judicial remand for both Zardari and Talpur has been extended till September 5.

    The fake bank accounts case involves alleged money laundering worth billions of rupees through 29 accounts, which were found opened in three banks — Summit Bank, Sindh Bank and United Bank Ltd.

    The Federal Investigation Agency had named Zardari, his sibling Talpur, Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed, his sons and over 10 others as suspects in an interim charge sheet filed in a banking court in August last year.

    The case was transferred from the banking court in Karachi to the accountability court of Rawalpindi for trial in March.
     
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    Court issues non-bailable arrest warrants for former premier Raja Pervaiz Ashraf

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    An accountability court in Lahore on Friday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) case against him for making illegal appointments in the Gujranwala Electric Power Company (Gepco) during his stint as federal minister for water and power.

    Duty judge Jawadul Hassan rejected an application from Ashraf's lawyer, Advocate Iftikhar Shahid, for a court exemption for his client and instead issued his arrest warrants.

    The former premier's lawyer said Ashraf could not appear before the court as he was unwell.

    Rejecting the request for his exemption, the judge said that Ashraf's case had entered its final stages and he should have appeared before court today.

    NAB has said that the former prime minister misused his powers and appointed 437 people in Gepco from his electoral constituency without any consideration for merit. Former secretary water and power Shahid Rafi, former directors of Gepco’s boards of governors including Saleem Arif, Malik Muhammad Razi Abbas and Wazir Ali were also involved in the same reference, which was filed in 2016.
     
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    Judges hearing cases of Rana Sanaullah, Sharifs repatriated to Lahore High Court
    September 06, 2019

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    A was notice sent on Friday to judges Masood Arshad, Muhammad Naeem Arshad, and Mushtaq Elahi, asking them to report to the Lahore High Court. — AFP/File
    Three accountability court judges hearing the cases of Rana Sanaullah as well as multiple members of the Sharif family were repatriated and directed on Friday to report to the Lahore High Court (LHC).

    A notice was sent by the LHC registrar to judges Masood Arshad, Mohammad Naeem Arshad, and Mushtaq Elahi.

    According to the notice pursuant to a notification dated August 26 issued by the law ministry, "the honourable chief justice has been pleased to repatriate you and direct you to report to this court forthwith for further orders".

    No reason has been mentioned in the order for the judges' repatriation.

    Judge Masood Arshad had been serving the special court for control of narcotic substances (CNS) and had been hearing Sanaullah's case. On August 28, he stopped the hearing midway after learning of his repatriation.

    The counsel for Sanaullah, while talking to the media outside the court, had said that the development was unprecedented. "It seems like the government is trying to decide which judge they want the verdict from," he had alleged.

    Judge Mohammad Naeem Arshad had been presiding over the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case against Maryam Nawaz and her cousin Yousuf Abbas; the Ramzan Sugar Mills case against Shehbaz Sharif; and money laundering cases against Hamza Shehbaz and Salman Shehbaz. He had been tasked with hearing these cases as the main judge was on summer holidays.

    Judge Mushtaq Elahi had not been hearing any high-profile cases. He, however, was on the benches hearing a number of National Accountability Bureau cases.

    The development comes as former accountability judge Arshad Malik is being investigated by the LHC for being at the centre of a video leak scandal that grabbed headlines in July.

    The order for the judges' repatriation is from the same day, August 26, when a seven-member administration committee of the LHC held a closed-door meeting to decide the fate of Malik, who was suspended earlier that month.

    An official statement on any decision taken during the meeting has yet to be issued.
     
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    Court says remand of Khaqan Abbasi, Miftah Ismail being extended 'for the last time'
    September 12, 2019

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    Accountability judge says former PM has been in NAB custody for 56 days, no more extension in his remand will be given. — DawnNewsTV
    An accountability court on Thursday gave the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) a final extension in Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Miftah Ismail's physical remand.

    The PML-N leaders are accused of being involved in awarding a 15-year contract for an LNG terminal against the rules when Abbasi was petroleum minister in the cabinet of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

    The case was closed by NAB in 2016, but reopened in 2018.

    Accountability Judge Muhammad Bashir, who heard NAB's pleas for extension in physical remand of Abbasi, Ismail and former Pakistan State Oil (PSO) managing director Sheikh Imranul Haq, said that Abbasi had been in NAB custody for 56 days and "this is the final extension the court is giving in his remand".

    Earlier in the hearing, while NAB argued that an extension in the remand was vital, Abbasi's lawyer said that the court should fix two days every week for them to meet their client as NAB was refusing to let them do so.

    Former premier Abbasi, on the other hand, told the court to give a "90-day extension in the remand to satisfy NAB". He also put speculations to rest by saying that no deal is being made with NAB.

    Meanwhile, Ismail's lawyer said that his client was being "kept in isolation for 23 hours every day and should at least be allowed to have his meals with Abbasi". The lawyer further said that Ismail had been in custody for 11 days already and a 14-day extension should not be made in his physical remand.

    NAB lawyers argued that the two men had to be kept in custody for interrogation.

    Hearing both sides of the argument, the judge allowed NAB to keep both Abbasi and Ismail in custody till September 26, but clarified that a further extension in their physical remand would not be given.

    Haq's remand was also further extended after NAB told the court that his physical checkup had been completed and that he had been tested for diabetes. The court was told that Haq's insulin levels were within normal ranges.

    Yesterday, NAB Karachi had recommended that another reference be opened against Abbasi for allegedly violating rules and procedures set by the federal government in Haq's appointment.

    According to a statement issued by NAB, Abbasi had appointed Sheikh Imranul Haq as managing director of PSO by allegedly violating rules and procedures laid down for appointments of chief executive officers in public sector enterprises.

    An investigation, the statement said, "revealed" that Haq was appointed as MD PSO on the basis of having "personal affiliation" with the minister.

    The appointment was made without verifying his academic and professional credentials, it added.

    According to NAB, the investigation "revealed that Sheikh Imranul Haq developed personal relations with the then minister petroleum during the establishment of the LNG terminal in the year 2013 to 2015".
     
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    Shahid Khaqan Abbasi ‘conditionally’ released on parole

    September 16, 2019


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    Former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's sister had requested his release on a humanitarian basis so that he could attend his uncle's funeral. — DawnNewsTV
    An accountability court in Islamabad released former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on parole on Monday so he can attend his uncle’s funeral prayers in the federal capital.

    The court allowed Khaqan’s release on the condition that the district administration of Islamabad and Rawalpindi provide him foolproof security. Accountability judge Mohammad Bashir said that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) director-general should only allow the release if the district administration can take responsibility for providing Khaqan with security.

    He also directed the DG to make appropriate arrangements for the release of the former premier.

    Earlier, NAB prosecutor had told the court that Khaqan cannot be released as he is being investigated. It is against the law to release a suspect in such circumstances, he had argued.

    On the other hand, Sadia Abbasi, the ex-premier's sister, said she had asked for her request to be granted on a humanitarian basis.

    “These requests are not made every day,” she said. Sadia also highlighted that the former premier had been on physical remand for more than 60 days.

    On September 11, NAB Karachi had recommended opening another corruption reference against Khaqan for allegedly violating the rules and procedures set by the federal government in the appointment of the managing director of Pakistan State Oil.

    The former prime minister is currently on 14-days physical remand in a case pertaining to the LNG scandal. Khaqan is accused of awarding a 15-year contract for an LNG terminal against the rules while he was petroleum minister in the cabinet of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

    The case was closed by NAB in 2016 but was reopened in 2018.
     
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    AC grants NAB 13-day remand of Khursheed Shah in assets beyond means case

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    October 01, 2019

    Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Syed Khursheed Shah has been remanded into National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) custody till October 14.

    The PPP stalwart had appeared before the court today, following the completion of his remand.

    The accountability watchdog had requested for a 15-day extension in the remand of Shah, however, the accountability court gave approval for only 13 days.

    NAB had arrested Shah from Islamabad last month. The PPP leader is accused of allotting to himself an amnesty plot illegally from a cooperative society in Sukkur.
     
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    Accountability court issues arrest warrants of Durrani's family members

    October 13, 2019
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    Agha Siraj Durrani. PHOTO: FILE

    KARACHI: An accountability court issued the arrest warrants of absconders accused in a case of assets beyond means, registered against Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani and others.

    The court issued the warrants after hearing a National Accountability (NAB) reference against Durrani, his wife, Naheed Durrani, his daughters, Sanam Durrani, Sonia Durrani, Sara Durrani and Suhana Durrani, and other accused, on Saturday. During the hearing, Durrani and other accused appeared before a link judge.

    The court ordered to block the Computerised National Identity Cards of the absconders and issued arrest warrants of 13 of the accused, including Naheed, Sanam, Sonia, Sara, Suhana and Durrani’s son, Agha Shahbaz Durrani. Moreover, the court also ordered to expedite the proceedings of the reference and remarked that if absconders are not arrested, their names will be excluded from the case.

    Following the court’s directives, the NAB prosecutor submitted a report about 12 of the absconders to the court. He informed the court that Durrani’s family members have fled abroad and said that as per the travel records, they have gone to America. The prosecutor also remarked that besides Durrani’s family members, the other accused in the case include his front men as well as Muhammad Irfan, Syed Muhammad Shah, Gul Bahar, Shakeel Ahmed Soomro, Ghulam Murtaza and Munawar Ali.

    The court directed the investigation officer to carry out an inquiry against the absconders and present a report at the next hearing.
     
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    Verdict reserved on acquittal pleas of Khwaja brothers
    October 15, 2019


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    LAHORE: An accountability court on Monday reserved its verdict on acquittal applications of former railways minister Khwaja Saad Rafiq and his brother former provincial minister Khwaja Salman Rafiq in Paragon City scam.

    Earlier, advocates Ashtar Ausaf Ali and Amjad Pervaiz concluded their arguments on behalf of the petitioners against the jurisdiction of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to make reference against them.

    The counsel argued that disputes regarding a private business did not fall within the domain of the National Accountability Ordinance 1999. They said there was no allegation of corruption or misusing national exchequer against the petitioners being public office holder.

    They said the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) was the competent forum to look into such matters under Companies Act 2017.

    They asked the court to set aside the indictment of the petitioners and acquit them of the charges.

    NAB prosecutor Hafiz Asadullah Awan opposed the acquittal applications and argued that there were rulings by the Supreme Court that the trial court could not entertain such appeals after the indictment. He said the NAB powers were protected under section 18 C&D of the NAO 1999.

    Presiding Judge Jawadul Hassan reserved the verdict to be announced on Wednesday (tomorrow). The judge directed the jail officials to produce the Khwaja brothers on the next hearing at 12pm.

    The NAB in the reference accused the Khwaja brothers of wrongfully gaining Rs18.2 million approximately from M/s Paragon City (pvt) Limited in their bank accounts.

    It said the Khwaja brothers through their “benamidars” and with the abettment of former MPA Qaiser Amin Butt and Nadeem Zia established a housing project in the name of Air Avenue. It said the suspects along with other accomplices cheated public at large and obtained illegal financial benefits from the funds of the illegal society.

    MARYAM: Hearing on bail petition of PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz in Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM) was not held on Monday due to unavailability of senior judge of a two-judge bench of the Lahore High Court.

    The bench comprising Justice Ali Baqar Najafi and Justice Sardar Ahmad Naeem had taken up the petition on Oct 1 and issued a notice to the NAB for Oct 14. However, the cause list of the bench was cancelled as Justice Najafi was on leave on Monday.

    The NAB accused Ms Nawaz of committing money laundering through investment of variable heavy amounts being main shareholder of CSM. It said she was involved in money laundering with the help of some foreigners during the period of 1992-93 when her father, Nawaz Sharif, was prime minister.

    Published in Dawn, October 15th, 2019
     
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    Acquittal applications of Khawaja Saad Rafique, brother rejected by accountability court

    October 16, 2019

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    An accountability court in Lahore on Wednesday rejected acquittal applications of former railways minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother former provincial minister Khawaja Salman Rafique in the Paragon City scam. — DawnNewsTV/File

    An accountability court in Lahore on Wednesday rejected acquittal applications of former railways minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother former provincial minister Khawaja Salman Rafique in the Paragon City scam.

    Judge Jawadul Hassan had on Monday reserved the verdict on the applications after advocates Ashtar Ausaf Ali and Amjad Pervaiz concluded their arguments on behalf of the petitioners against the jurisdiction of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to form a reference against them.

    The counsel had argued that disputes regarding a private business did not fall within the domain of the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 and said that there was no allegation of corruption or misusing the national exchequer against the petitioners as public officeholders.

    Additionally, they had said that the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) was the competent forum to look into such matters under the Companies Act 2017.

    They asked the court to set aside the indictment of the petitioners and acquit them of the charges.

    NAB prosecutor Hafiz Asadullah Awan had opposed the acquittal applications and argued that there were rulings by the Supreme Court that the trial court could not entertain such appeals after the indictment. He said NAB powers were protected under Section 18(C) and D of the NAO 1999.

    NAB in the reference accused the Khawaja brothers of wrongfully gaining approximately Rs18.2 million from M/s Paragon City (Pvt) Limited in their bank accounts.

    Rejecting the applications today, the accountability court summoned witnesses to present their testimonies against the duo in the next hearing. The judicial remand of the brothers was also extended till Oct 30.