Unfair to reopen Hudabiya Paper Mills scam case against Sharifs: Saad Rafique

Says Pervez Musharraf's attempt to make an alternative party leader will fail


News Desk November 11, 2017
Says any attempt to make former president Pervez Musharraf an alternative party leader will fail. PHOTO: FILE

Commenting on Supreme Court’s decision to hear the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) appeal against a Lahore High Court (LHC) order to quash an investigation into the Rs1.2 billion Hudabiya Paper Mills scam against the Sharif family, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said “it is unfair to reopen cases which have already been settled in the courts.”

SC to hear NAB’s reopening plea from Monday

The minister took to Twitter on Saturday and said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has still been showing patience during all this time.

A three-judge SC bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and also comprises Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhelm, will hear the case on November 13 (Monday).

Sharifs’ legal team is not happy that the appeal has been fixed before a bench led by Justice Khosa because he, in his April 20 judgment, has already expressed his opinion on the same issue.

In a clear reference to Dr Farooq Sattar’s recent decision to quit politics only to take it back in an hour, Saad also said that the habit of making and breaking political parties has to be stopped.

According to him, any attempt to make former president Pervez Musharraf an alternative party leader would fail.

Saad said the political alliance of MQM-Pakistan and PSP broke within 24 hours and added that the habit of making and breaking political parties has to be stopped now.

‘Grand’ union: Musharraf forms 23-party alliance

He stressed that key decisions about country’s politics are made in houses and not on streets or markets.

Musharraf on Friday had announced the formation of a 23-party alliance under the umbrella of ‘Pakistan Awami Ittehad’ and ‘invited’ the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) to join him.

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