ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court extended the deadline for ruling on corruption cases against Sharif family till June 9.
Accountability Court had submitted a request to the Supreme Court to seek yet another extension in the deadline to conclude the high-profile corruption cases on Sharif Family as a verdict was yet to be given.
As the hearing for the deadline extension went under way, Justice Ijazul Ahsan asked why the trial had not reached a verdict yet. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor replied that a ruling had been delivered in one reference. Justice Ahsan then asked if arguments in the Avenfield case have reached a conclusion and whether its ruling can be given separately.
When Supreme Court Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh, the head of the two-member bench, inquired as to how much time the defence counsel requires, Nawaz Sharif defense counsel Khawaja Haris said he needs three months.
Khawaja Haris argued that with Ramazan just around the corner, a mere month’s extension would not be enough to deliver justice and the trial should not be rushed. The court however extended the deadline only for a month.
Justice Azmat remarked that they are here and if required the counsel can come to them if the trial doesn’t reach a conclusion by then. Justice Ahsan remarked that the rights of Sharif Family will be safeguarded.
This is supposed to be the second deadline extension after the Supreme Court had given only 6 months for the Accountability Court to reach a verdict in the corruption cases against Nawaz Sharif and the Sharif Family.