Khawaja Brothers land in big trouble
LAHORE – An accountability court on Wednesday indicted former railways minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Khawaja Salman Rafique in Paragon City reference filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against them.
Accountability Court Judge Syed Jawadul Hassan conducted the reference proceedings wherein Khawaja brothers were produced on expiry of their judicial remand term.
At the outset of the proceedings, the court provided clear copies of the reference to Khawaja brothers .
However, Khawaja brothers’ counsel sought seven days time for studying the reference documents while opposing the indictment. It is responsibility of the court to review whether the indictment could be made or not in the case, he said, adding that no one could be convicted without giving a chance of defence.
To which,the court remarked that it would not convict the accused unheard.
Subsequently, the court indicted Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Khawaja Salman Rafique who pleaded not guilty and contended to contest the charges.
At this, the court adjourned the further hearing till September 13 and summoned witnesses for recording their statements.