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Govt reply sought on petition for suspension of Sharif’s jail term

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday issued a notice to the federal government on a petition challenging formation of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s sentence in Al-Azizia corruption case, ARY News reported.

A LHC bench directed the government to submit its reply on the petition filed by A.K Dogar by April 4.

The petitioner contended before the court that there is no provision in the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 for formation of a bureau. It was stipulated in the ordinance that the chairman of NAB shall be appointed by the president in consultation with the leader of house and the leader of the opposition, but it was enacted anywhere how the bureau shall be formed.

He, therefore, pleaded to the court to declare formation of the present bureau and all its actions illegal. The court was further prayed to set aside sentences awarded to accused persons, including the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader, under the NAB law.

Read More: Supreme Court issues notice to NAB on Sharif’s bail petition

Earlier on March 19, the Supreme Court had issued a notice to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on a petition filed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif challenging the Islamabad High Court’s verdict dismissing his bail application in Al-Azizia corruption reference.

The three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khan Khosa put off the hearing until March 26.

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