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Graft references: Hearing of NAB’s appeals against Zardari’s acquittal adjourned

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday adjourned the hearing till May 16 in appeals of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), challenging the acquittal of former president Asif Ali Zardari in two corruption references – Ursus tractors deal and ARY case. The hearing was adjourned without further proceeding due to the non-appointment of NAB prosecutors.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Sardar Ijaz Ishaq Khan heard the appeals. The court was informed that the NAB headquarters had been asked to appoint prosecutors. It may be mentioned that the accountability court had acquitted the former president in the above-mentioned references in 2014.

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The NAB had challenged the acquittal before the IHC’s bench. Separately, the IHC on Monday adjourned the hearing till May 20 in a case pertaining to FIA’s action against a citizen on the complaint of PTI’s ex-MNA Kanwal Shauzab. Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the case. The court said Syed Ali Zafar and Asad Umar had been appointed as amici curiae to assist the court. Whether they had been conveyed accordingly, it asked. However, Kanwal Shauzab’s counsel Azhar Sadiq said he had not read the last order of the court and requested the bench to grant time. At this, the court adjourned the further hearing.

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