Accountability court may be unable to meet SC deadline in Sharif cases: report

FILE PHOTO - A view of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in Islamabad, Pakistan April 20, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

ISLAMABAD: The accountability court, which is hearing four corruption references against disqualified prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family along with the former finance minister Ishaq Dar, may not be able to complete the proceedings within the six months that have been allotted by the Supreme Court (SC), as reported by a local English daily. 

The former prime minister could now face a jail-term and conviction by an Accountability Court on corruption charges, which will be decided by a new judge of the Accountability Court, in March or April.

Court No 1 judge Muhammad Bashir is set to retire on March 12, [a day before the SC deadline expires] whereas there is no judge in court No 2. More than 90 NAB references and other cases are currently pending with the two courts, which will create time issues for the judges.

According to the publication, Federal Ministry of Law wrote a letter to the Islamabad High Court Registrar on Wednesday to seek nominations for the appointment of two Accountability Court judges in Islamabad.