Hudaibiya case

(web desk) –  CJP Justice Saqib Nisar on Friday has formed a three-member bench to hear National Accountability Bureau (NAB) appeal to reopen Hudaibiya Paper Mills case against disqualified Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif and other family members.

According to sources, the bench will be headed by Justice Asif Khosa, who was also part of the Panama Leaks proceedings against the ex-premier, while other members include Justice Dost Mohammad Khan and Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel.

The hearing on the appeal will be conducted on November 13 for which Prosecutor General has also been sent notice.

On September 20, NAB filed a petition in Supreme Court (SC) against Lahore High Court (LHC) verdict to close the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case as Sharifs were cleared in this and Raiwind Assets references.

Awami Muslim League (AML) Chief Sheikh Rasheed had submitted a petition in SC, stating that on July 21, amid hearing of the Panama Papers case, NAB had assured the court to submit reply in seven days on Hudaibiya case but it failed to do so within the mentioned time.

The Hudaibiya Paper Mills is basically about money laundering of Sharif family during 1990s.

The case was lodged against Nawaz Sharif ,his brother and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Shehbaz’s son and Member of National Assembly Hamza Shehbaz and other members over Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar’s confessional statement on April 25, 2000 before magistrate in Lahore.

The reference was afterwards dismissed by LHC on March 11, 2014 in response to a writ petition filed in 2011, stating that Dar was pressurized to record the statement.