In a case of instant justice to the high and mighty, the Lahore High Court has restrained an accountability court from proceeding with references filed against the Sharif Brothers and their businesses. According to Dawn on 19th October 2011, the bench comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Abdul Waheed Khan issued the order while hearing a petition filed by the Sharif family that sought to quash the references. The order said the judge of accountability court-IV “shall not proceed with the references till next date of hearing”. They did, however, give the NAB some respite adding that “the order cannot affect application for revival of these references”. What this means is that NAB will have to file an application for the revival of references, which in itself will be a long and tedious process.
The petitioners include former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Mian Muhammad Abbas Sharif, Mian Hussain Nawaz, Mian Hamza Shahbaz, Shamim Akhtar mother of highly respectable Nawaz Sharif, Sabiha Abbas, Maryam Safdar, Hudabia Paper Mills company secretary Syed Ajmal Sibtain and the Ittifaq Foundries manager. The petititioners moved their favorite court through another personal favorite, Akram Sheikh Advocate.
According to information, in the Hudabia Paper Mills case, Haroon Pasha and Senator Ishaq Dar are also accused. The accused were charged with securing a huge amount of money as a loan in the name of Hudabia Paper Mills and later using the loan for other purposes, causing a massive loss to the national exchequer. The Ittifaq Foundry corruption reference accuses Nawaz and others of the same fraud. Similarly in the Assets Reference, the accused persons were charged with accumulation of money and assets beyond their declared means of income by allegedly misusing their authority.
Now the question is answered as to why the Sharifs and the PML-N, do not want the NAB to become effective. It is not because they are worried that the anti-corruption establishment of NAB will be unable to bring the “Zardari tola” to justice against their “krupshion” but because they themselves don’t want to face the courts and prosecution. This is called being a “Smart-Alec”. Well done, Mian Sahiban!!! Well done, Azad Adliya!!! Aalu-Anday Zindabad!!