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SC grants extension to NAB court for trial against Sharif family

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ISLAMABAD – Supreme Court on Friday has granted an extension to accountability court for the trial of Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investments references against Sharif family till November 17.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar heard the extension plea of accountability court judge Muhammad Arshad Malik.

The duration has been extended for the sixth time.

It is worth mentioning here that the cases against Sharifs were stemmed from the Panama Papers leak that disclosed expensive and undeclared property owned by them in London.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain Safdar were convicted and sentenced to prison for ten years, seven years and one year respectively in Avenfield verdict. However, they were released on bail afterwards.

Maryam Nawaz and Captain (r) Safdar, who were candidates for the general elections 2018, were also disqualified from contesting the polls for 10 years each.

The sentence and a fine of 8 million pounds, or $10.6 million, came almost a year after Supreme Court removed Nawaz Sharif from the post of PM.

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