NAB takes strong exception of the Accountability Court verdict in Flagship reference

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NAB takes strong exception of the Accountability Court verdict in Flagship reference

ISLAMABAD – The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has taken a strong exception to the Accountability Court verdict in the Flagship reference case against Nawaz Sharif.

NAB has decided to challenge former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s acquittal in Flagship reference.

The decision was taken in a meeting presided over by NAB chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal at the anti-graft agency’s headquarters in Islamabad. Senior legal experts, concerned director generals and senior officials attended the meeting.

The meeting after detailed consultation decided to challenge the accountability court verdict, while Justice (r) Javed Iqbal directed the legal experts file a petition after reviewing the judgement in Flagship reference.

While reading out the short order, Accountability Judge Arshad Malik today (Monday) said there was no case against Nawaz in the Flagship reference.

In Al-Azizia reference, he was sentenced to seven years in prison for corruption. The conviction, centred on family businesses in the Middle East, is his second stemming from a corruption investigation spurred by the Panama Papers leak, and comes as new Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to tackle endemic graft in Pakistan.

Sharif, a three-time prime minister, has denied all the charges against him.

He was taken into custody and will be sent to Kot Lakhpat prison in Lahore, and was also fined 3.47 billion rupees ($25 million).