The Supreme Courtroom on Friday prolonged until December 24 the deadline for the completion of Nationwide Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) corruption references towards former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar granted the extension however solely after assailing Sharif’s counsel Khawaja Haris for his “repeated requests for extra time” and “intentionally prolonging the case”. Haris had sought additional time after apprising the highest choose that the arguments have been nonetheless being offered within the accountability court docket.
“Is somebody telling a fairy story within the accountability court docket?” requested the chief justice. “The controversy needs to be time-bound.
“You’ve gotten held all the nation and the court docket hostage,” he informed Haris. “Why do you attempt to make the case prolonged? Is that this the extent of you follow? Why sort of an enormous lawyer are you?.
“Don’t take a case up, in the event you can’t full your work on time.” “I don’t have the identical quantity of vitality as you will have,” replied the counsel, who provided to conclude the talk within the court docket. “Have you ever obtained a criticism from the accountability court docket,” he requested the choose earlier than including that “I may even give up the case”.
“You need to give up the case to create extra difficulties,” the chief justice opined. “I cannot allow you to boycott the case.” The counsel, when requested to provide a ultimate time and date, initially agreed to wrap up his argument in “10 working days” however later sought a further three days — to which the courtroom burst into laughter.
The court docket granted Haris his request and directed him to conclude his argument until December 17. In the meantime, the accountability was instructed to conclude the case by December 24.
Earlier, on Nov 19, the apex court docket had given one other extension of three weeks to accountability court-II of Islamabad to resolve two references — Al-Azizia and Flagship Funding — towards the Sharif household.
A two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Nisar had noticed that additional extension to the trial court docket is not going to be granted after the [three-week] deadline.
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