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Toshakhana reference: Nawaz Sharif's petition fixed for hearing

Dunya News

Toshakhana reference: Nawaz Sharif's petition fixed for hearing

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - A petition against declaring former Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif a fugitive in Toshakhana Reference has been fixed for hearing.

A two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Islamabad High Court Justice Athar Minallah has been constituted. Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Amir Farooq will hear the case on Monday.

Earlier Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif has challenged his summoning by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the toshakhana reference in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), Dunya News reported on Saturday.

The former prime minister has requested the court to nullify the accountability court’s decision to advertise his summons in the case. Nawaz Sharif requested the IHC to continue his trial through a representative.

He argued that he is not a fugitive and has gone abroad for medical treatment after obtaining bail from court.

The PML-N supremo maintained in his petition that the NAB is targeting the opposition to silence its voice. The European Union (EU) and the Human Rights Watch (HRW) have declared the NAB actions illegal.

It is pertinent here to mention that the NAB had earlier seized vehicles – taken from toshakhana – of Nawaz Sharif and former president Asif Ali Zardari.

The anti-graft watchdog had frozen the ownership of Asif Zardari’s three vehicles including two BMW and one Lexus car, and one Mercedes of Nawaz Sharif.