Nawaz Sharif seeks acquittal in NAB reference under new laws

Former prime minister and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif on Friday filed a petition in an accountability court in Lahore challenging the court decision to declare him proclaimed offender in the plot allotment case and seeking his acquittal.

The former premier who is currently living in the United Kingdom on medical grounds has sought relief from the court under the NAB (Amendment) Ordinance, 2022. 

His lawyer Qazi Sabah Advocate also pleaded with the court to exonerate Nawaz Sharif under the amended NAB Ordinance. 

The lawyer also filed a petition seeking Nawaz’s acquittal.

Qazi Sabah argued that under the new NAB ordinance, the National Accountability Bureau could not initiate an investigation into a case involving corruption less than Rs500 million and his client was facing a reference in which he was accused of committing corruption to the tune of Rs130 million.

He said that the court had ordered to confiscate Nawaz’ property after declaring him proclaimed offender. 

He beseeched the court to rescind the case against the PML-N supremo, besides ordering to restore his confiscated property and issue order for his acquittal in the reference. 

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