Pakistan SC hears Sharif's appeal against ouster

PML-N state minister Talal Chaudhry

PML-N state minister Talal Chaudhry

The summons were issued by judge Muhammad Bashir over a reference related to Flagship Investments Limited, Hartstone Properties Limited, Que Holdings Limited, Quint Eaton Place Limited, Quint Saloane Limited (formerly Quint Eaton Place Limited), Quaint Limited, Flagship Securities Limited, Quint Gloucester Place Limited, Quint Paddington Limited (formerly Rivates Estates Limited), Flagship Developments Limited, Alanna Services Limited (BVI), Lankin SA (BVI), Chadron Inc, Ansbacher Inc, Coomber Inc; and another company based in a Gulf country.

"Five judges of the Supreme Court today have begun hearings of the appeal presented by Sharif, his children and Finance Minister Ishaq Dhar", judicial spokesperson Mohamed Ishtiaq told Efe.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday clipped together four identical petitions against deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif for indulging in political activities after his disqualification by the Supreme Court. "This is the defence's question", said Ishtiaq.

After preliminary argument, the judges accepted the plea and announced to ask the Chief Justice to from a five-member panel for the hearing of review petition. Sharif's lawyer Khawaja Haris claimed that the trial was not a fair one as his client did not get an opportunity to explain himself before the court.

They were summoned after the National Accountability Bureau last week filed four cases against Sharif, his family members and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had stepped down from his post earlier after being disqualified by the apex court under Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution.

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