SC Justice Asif Saeed refuses to hear Hudaibiya Paper Mills case

Lester Mason
November 13, 2017

The bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan was to hear the case, but Justice Khosa recused himself from the bench and referred the matter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan for constituting another bench for the objective.

Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on Monday recused himself from a Supreme Court (SC) bench constituted to deliberate a reference pertaining to the Sharif family's Hudaibiya Paper Mills and asked Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar to set up a new bench to hear the case.

Justice Khosa said he gave the ruling even about Ishaq Sar in connection with Hudaibiya Papers Mills, adding the finance minister was earlier an accused in the case then he became an approver. He continued, "It seems that the office has not read my verdict on Panama Leaks case".

"However, once the previous verdict in the case is going to be rendered void, Dar's status as approver will also end", he added.

The hearing of Hudaibiya case has been adjourned for unspecified period of time.

The bench has now been disbanded and a new bench will be formede by the chief justice.

"I may observe that the soundness of both the said reasons prevailing with the high court for quashing the relevant reference were quite suspect", Justice Khosa wrote in his judgment. In the verdict, he had ordered NAB to reopen the case.

On July 28, the apex court while announcing the landmark decision regarding Panamagate case had directed the NAB to reopen the case.

The NAB through its Prosecutor General Waqas Qadeer Dar had filed the appeal, pleading the top court to grant leave to appeal to examine the legality, propriety and vires of the 2014 LHC verdict quashing the Hudaibya Paper Mills case and set aside the impugned judgement.

The witness was, however, pardoned by the then NAB chairman.

That reference was struck down by a referee judge of the Lahore High Court on March 11, 2014 in response to a writ petition filed in 2011 stating that Dar's confession was coerced.

Dar later retracted his statement and claimed that the statement was gleaned under duress.

On September 20, NAB filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the LHC decision, naming former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his brothers Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and late Abbas Sharif, their mother Shamim Akhter, Shehbaz's son and MNA Hamza Shehbaz, Nawaz's daughter Maryam, and others as respondents.

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