LHC dismisses foreign assests case against PM Nawaz

A petition was originally filed by Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafri against PM Nawaz in 1991

Rana Tanveer May 22, 2015
A petition was originally filed by Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafri against PM Nawaz in 1991. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday dismissed a 24-year old petition accusing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of money laundering and declared it non maintainable.

The five-member bench, headed by Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan, dismissed a petition against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 1991 which alleged that the premier is involved in laundering money out of Pakistan after plundering the national exchequer.

During Friday's proceedings, Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafri argued that since Pakistan is an Islamic country, all decisions should made in accordance with Islam therefore, there should be no question of non-maintainability. To this, Justice Khan said courts take up matters in accordance with the law.

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Jafri had requested the court to conduct investigations and bring back the money allegedly plundered by the prime minister. He further pleaded that the prime minister should be disqualified from contesting elections.

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Earlier on October 21, 2014 a division bench, headed by Justice Sayed Mansoor Ali Shah, had referred the case to the chief justice for constituting a larger bench to deal with the case. The larger bench however, could not be formed, instead a single bench of Ayesha A Malik referred the case back for fixing it before a larger bench.

On May 6, LHC decided to form a larger bench to probe the foreign assets case against PM Nawaz.


Frank | 7 years ago | Reply @sabi: You forget that in 1991 there was no dictator and before that Nawaz Sharif was the darling of dictators helping them nurture the culture of hate and revenge. PML-N supporters have no shame at all!
raider | 7 years ago | Reply too much amazing, how money launderers and killers are getting clean chits. this is actually dreams of corrupts being materialized after 7 years of good democracy, let thses work for for another decade weekending of institutions is likely under these thugs, actually it will be punishment of peoples which keep voting for them.
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