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Court adjourn cases against Sharif

world Updated: Feb 21, 2008 14:36 IST

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Amid continued anti-Musharraf stance of the PML-N, an anti-corruption court on February 21 adjourned the hearing of graft cases against its chief and former premier Nawaz Sharif, his brother Shahbaz and other members of their family to March 28.

Judge Khalid Mehmood had asked the deputy prosecutor general of anti-graft watchdog National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to explain the status of the cases against the Sharifs that are pending in his court in Rawalpindi.

When the case came up on February 21, the deputy prosecutor general said the post-election situation was still "unclear" and the NAB would submit its plan of action at the next hearing.

The judge then adjourned the case till March.

The cases relate to business firms and the Sharif family's estate at Raiwind in Lahore and were filed by the NAB in 2000. The Sharifs have been accused of amassing wealth beyond their means but they have denied the charges.

The PML-N emerged as the second largest party in the February 18 general election, sweeping the voting in the politically crucial Punjab province.

Sharif is set to hold talks with Pakistan People's Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on forming the next government. The PML-N chief has ruled out working with Musharraf.