NAB plea for swift indictment of Khaqan Abbasi rejected
Former prime minister claims verdict will be the one given to court in writing
An accountability court in Islamabad rejected the request made by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to indict PML-N Senior Vice-president Shahid Khaqan Abbasi immediately in the LNG reference and adjourned the hearing till November 20, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
On the other hand, the former prime minister told media persons after the hearing that the verdict to be issued would be the one given to the court [by someone else] in written form no matter what evidence the defence was to present.
During the proceedings, the court said they would first make a decision about the foreigners nominated in the matter whether to send the summons again or issue arrest warrants for them. One should wait till a report was presented on the summons sent through the Foreign Office, the judge observed.
Earlier, Barrister Zafarullah opposed the NAB plea, stressing the need to first deal with the accused from the other countries. Issue arrest warrants if the foreigners are not coming, he argued.
Abbasi, in the press talk, said they had submitted thousands of documents but those were nothing but garbage. How one could expect about justice when a top provincial official was picked up, he remarked and added that the province’s chief minister knew nothing about the incident.
The former prime minister was referring to the alleged abduction of Sindh IGP in connection with the case registered against PML-N leader Capt Safdar in Karachi and the way police barged into the room where Maryam Nawaz was sleeping.