ISLAMABAD: State Minister for IT Anusha Rehman said on Wednesday that unique judicial precedence is being set in the country with regards to the proceedings against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
Addressing the media outside the accountability court after Dar’s hearing, Rehman said it is sad that the honourable judge of the Islamabad High Court dismissed [on Tuesday] Dar’s petition challenging the accountability court order without even issuing notices.
“He directed our lawyers that since the Supreme Court has sent the case to the trial court, any objections must be taken up with the apex court-appointed monitoring judge,” informed Rehman.
She said members of the legal fraternity are baffled on the speed with which the case is progressing. “Nevertheless, Nawaz, his children and Dar are awaiting justice and will continue to appear in court,” she claimed.
However, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader hoped no new precedence will be set in their cases. Talking about a video doing the rounds on social media showing a man in a suit leaving the court premises after Monday’s hearing, she said some suspicious activity has been caught on camera and questions are being raised on the Rangers’ presence in court on Monday when the police and commissioner denied having summoned them.
“What are those powers who took control of the court that day. I don’t know if they’ve left or are still here,” she remarked.
She also chided the National Accountability Bureau for wasting paper, saying the 23-volume reference against the finance minister consists of 11 volumes of the Panama Joint Investigation Team report which contains merely 10 per cent material on Dar. “NAB has wasted paper making photocopies of unrelated documents,” she said.