SC asks NAB if Ishaq Dar was pardoned in Hudaibiya scam

Published: January 27, 2017

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to inform the apex court whether Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was conditionally or unconditionally pardoned in Rs1.2 billion Hudaibiya Paper Mills scam.

The direction by the top court’s five-judge bench, which is hearing a myriad of petitions against the Sharif family over the Panama Papers scandal, came after the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) filed a petition seeking the disqualification of Dar over alleged money laundering.

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Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, who is heading the bench, questioned why the anti-corruption watchdog had failed to file a reference against a Lahore High Court verdict quashing the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case against the Sharifs.

The NAB chairman, who is appointed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the leader of the opposition, did not appeal the judgement, Justice Khosa observed. The judge said the LHC verdict was based on Dar’s pardon. “We have to see whether he was pardoned conditionally or unconditionally,” Justice Khosa observed.

If pardon was granted to the finance minister before his confession statement then it would be considered as the statement of accused, Justice Khosa said. He, however, added that if the pardon was granted after the confession then it would be considered as the statement of prosecution witness.

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The larger bench observed that the Rs1.2 billion scam against the Sharif family was still unaccounted for.

Justice Khosa remarked that when the NAB failed to file an appeal in Ogra scam case, the SC had ordered a re-investigation under Article 184(3) of the Constitution. The top court also observed that many individuals had been commenting on Panamagate proccedings. Rejecting reports of slow progress, Justice Khosa said the court could not be held hostage to people’s whims. “We will continue to hear arguments till we are satisfied,” he remarked.

PM’s counsel seeks more time to submit documents

Separately, the counsel for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Makhdoom Ali Khan requested  for more time to furnish documentary evidence of Sharif family patriarch Mian Muhammad Sharif’s will and gifts presented to and received by the family.

Granting the request, the court adjourned the hearing of the case till Monday.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • salman
    Jan 27, 2017 - 12:54PM

    The weekend should be enough time to conjure up a will!Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 27, 2017 - 12:54PM

    More time ?? ….. this only leads to the perception that documents are being ‘ manufactured ‘ and that is not a good sign.Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Jan 27, 2017 - 1:10PM

    Another wasted day. SC Judges know when and why NAB quashed proceedings against Dar. If necessary they could have called NAB Chairman on the phone. I recall one New York City hearing, the defendant asked for adjournment as his lawyer was not present. The Judge asked for the lawyer’s phone number, called him on a speaker phone, made him park his car on the roadside to participate in the nearing. No adjournment was allowed and the case was then dismissed. That is how Justice functions in NY City. Recommend

  • Farooq
    Jan 27, 2017 - 1:41PM

    Well well – some might say the democracy or the country Pakistan is still in its infacy :-)Recommend

  • Hassan Ali Khan
    Jan 27, 2017 - 1:48PM

    At times I wonder if there are different set of laws and enforcement for the rich,powerful and polititians and another set of law for a common citizen?Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 27, 2017 - 3:22PM

    @Hassan Ali Khan:
    What’s there to wonder about ? Isn’t it obvious ? Recommend

  • a&a
    Jan 27, 2017 - 3:39PM

    @Hassan Ali Khan:
    Don’t wonder. Soon you will see….Recommend

  • Josheela
    Jan 27, 2017 - 5:00PM

    Will the honorable judges tell the people what evidence will satisfy them…?Recommend

  • Hira Bokharee
    Jan 27, 2017 - 10:55PM

    OMG!!! How much money can a family want from a poor country! 1.2 Billion is more than enough for a few hospitals to function well for 10 years! I hope if they did steal, may it come out through their children!Recommend

  • rana
    Jan 28, 2017 - 9:08AM

    @Sodomite: u r talking about civilized countries whereas pakistan is home of conspiracies. here pti will do every thing by hook or by crook to deseat most popularly elected pm. our agencies work for india and usa not pakistan.Recommend

  • Aqsa Abdul Qadir Memon Irenic
    Jan 29, 2017 - 9:27PM

    Has LHC “good” relations with PML-N or SC is “Antagonist” in the whole play?

    SC on one hand demanding for the documents regarding the Ishaq Dar’s involvment in money laundering and LHC one the other hand quashing it.

    With which authority LHC can quash it??Recommend

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