References against Nawaz: The backdoor deal amid fake accountability



Four references against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family have been placed before a judge who had acquitted former President Asif Ali Zardari in five corruption references.


The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday filed the references against Mr Sharif, his sons Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz, daughter Maryam Nawaz, son-in-law retired Capt Mohammad Safdar and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.



Registrar Accountability Court Ahmed Mushtaq Qureshi produced the references before the accountability judge, Mohammad Bashir, in an open court for scrutiny.



After the initial scrutiny, the judge asked NAB Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzzafar Abbasi to submit additional copies of the references which may be provided to the accused persons.


 Since the court sought the copies by Tuesday, the prosecution expressed the possibility that the court would issue summons to all the accused persons the same day.


It is clear by the moves of NAB and Supreme Court that what is going is just to satisfy the public because Nawaz Sharif not only refused to appear before the NAB but also NAB failed to put Nawaz Sharif on ECL.


All this development after the Supreme Court’s verdict to disqualify Nawaz Sharif shows that a back channel deal has been inked between PML-N and establishment and what is going on is just a staged show.