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Shameful how govts colluded to adjourn ref in HP Mills case: Imran


Islamabad, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Tuesday criticised three successive governments for "colluding to adjourn reference in mega Hudabiya Paper mills case". The PTI chairman took to the Twitter and lamented the collusion between the Sharifs and the governments submerged the nation in a financial crisis today, according to The Express Tribune report. “What hope can a nation have where state institutions, meant to investigate and punish the plunderers of billions that could have been invested in peoples’ welfare, are destroyed to protect the Sharifs,” The cricketer-turned-politician said. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against the dismissal of its plea for reopening the 18-year-old Hudabiya Paper Mills case against the Sharif family, arguing that the PPP, the PML-N, and the Pervez Musharraf regime had colluded to indefinitely adjourn the reference. It was also learnt that the NAB would also move another application soon to request that Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar constitute a larger bench to hear the case. Some 18 years ago, NAB claimed that Nawaz Sharif, the then Prime Minister, and his family received more than Rs1-billion “through illegal and fraudulent means” and that they were liable to be tried under anti-corruption laws in relation to the Hudabiya Papers Mills. In 2014, LHC quashed the reference concerning the Hudabiya Papers Mills against the Sharif family. However, the anti-graft watchdog did not challenge the LHC’s order at that time. According to NAB documents, Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz, his father Mian Muhammad Sharif, brothers Shehbaz and Abbas Sharif, Abbas’s wife Sabiha, Sharif’s son Hussain and Shahbaz’s son Hamza had been accused of receiving the alleged ‘ill-gotten money’ in the case.

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