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NAB seeks to reopen cases against Sharifs

Pak's controversial anti-corruption watchdog filed an application in a court seeking resumption of a trial against Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz on graft charges.

world Updated: Sep 02, 2008 15:11 IST

Pakistan's controversial anti-corruption watchdog on Tuesday filed an application in a court seeking resumption of a trial against former premier Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz on graft charges, in what would be seen as a politically motivated move.

The move by the National Accountability Bureau, which is under the law ministry, to reopen the case came just nine days after Sharif pulled his PML-N party out of the PPP-led ruling coalition.

There was no immediate reaction from the Sharif brothers to the move to reopen charges against them.

An anti-corruption court in Rawalpindi on technical grounds had indefinitely adjourned these cases last month.

Stating that the court's decision on August 21 to adjourn the trial was "mistaken" and contained errors, NAB said that the anti-corruption court will take up the application for hearing on Thursday.

In these cases former Premier Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz, the Chief Minister of Punjab province, are accused of siphoning off millions of rupees through tax frauds and money laundering.

The trial against them relates to a paper mill, foundries and assets at Raiwind in Lahore, which were claimed to have been acquired through illegal wealth.