CJP takes up Sharif’s appeal for joint trial next week

ISLAMABAD –  Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar is all set to hear two important petitions next week – one filed by deposed premier Nawaz Sharif and the other by PTI leaders Asad Umar and Shireen Mazari.

Sharif’s petition seeks a review of a part of the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict in which the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has been directed to file three separate corruption references against him. Sharif wants the three references to be clubbed together.

The PTI leaders, meanwhile, have requested a probe into the party accounts of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for allegedly receiving funds from foreign sources.

The petitions from Sharif and the PTI leaders were previously returned by the Supreme Court registrar with objections. The petitioners had then appealed the decision, which will now be heard by the CJP.

If Sharif and the PTI leaders succeed in convincing the CJP into admitting the petitions, then he may set aside the objections and ask the Registrar Office to allot petition numbers and fix the cases before relevant benches for initial hearing, The Express Tribune has learnt.

The CJP will take up the PTI leaders’ appeal on November 15 and that of Sharif on November 16.

Sharif’s petition was filed through Khawaja Haris under Article 184(3) of the Constitution, making the federal government, NAB, the accountability court and his children as respondents.