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Court adjourns Sharif case trial

world Updated: Sep 05, 2008 01:02 IST

A Pakistani court on Thursday adjourned till October 7 the hearing of an application seeking reopening of the trial of corruption cases against former Premier Nawaz Sharif, his brother Shahbaz and other members of their family.

A judge of a special court in Rawalpindi, which took up the application for reopening the cases adjourned the matter till October 7 and said he will not proceed with the matter as many judges of anti-corruption courts are currently on leave.

A move by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to reopen trial of the eight-year old cases had sparked a war of words between the ruling PPP and its former ally PML-N.

The move by the NAB, which is under the law ministry, to reopen the cases came just nine days after Sharif pulled the PML-N out of the PPP-led ruling coalition.

The cases were indefinitely adjourned on technical grounds by an anti-corruption court last month.