Members of the Sharif family, including Shahbaz Sharif, have approached the Lahore High Court for the recovery of their property and money attached by the National Accountability Bureau to recover a fine imposed on Nawaz Sharif in two cases in 2000.
In seven petitions filed with LHC’s Rawalpindi bench on July 5, 2010, the family said that the conviction and sentence awarded to Nawaz Sharif had been set aside by appellate courts.
An anti-terrorism court in Karachi convicted Nawaz Sharif on April 6, 2000, of hijacking a plane carrying the then army chief and sentenced him to life imprisonment, Rs 500,000 fine and attachment of his movable and immovable property.
The conviction was set aside by the Supreme Court on Oct 30, 2009.
An accountability court in Attock Fort on July 22, 2000, sentenced him to 14-year rigorous imprisonment and Rs 20 million fine for purchasing a Russian helicopter.
In a petition filed by the Hudabiya Paper Mills through its secretary Syed Ajmal Sibtain and 15 shareholders, all members of the Sharif family, the company sought the recovery of 7.07 million share certificates attached by Mohammad Shabbir Khan, the then director of NAB in Lahore on May 16, 2001, to recover the fine.
A petition filed by Tariq Dastgir Khan on behalf of Shahbaz Sharif sought the recovery of original sale deed executed by the Murree Improvement Trust in Shahbaz Sharif’s favour of plot No 53-C of the Damaged Area Scheme in Murree. The agreement was seized by Lahore NAB authorities on Jan 16, 2002.
Sabina Abbas, wife of Mian Abbas, sought the detachment of the sale deed of May 12, 1984, registered with sub-registrar of Murree in favour of the petitioner in respect of property No 54 on the Hill Road in Murree.
The Chaudhry Sugar Mills, through its secretary Syed Ajmal Sibtain, sought the recovery of its Rs5 million acquired by the Lahore NAB on April 6, 2002, through cross cheques.
The Ramzan Sugar Mills, through its secretary Tariq Dastgir Khan, sought the recovery of Rs110 million encashed by the bureau in 2001 and 2002 through six bank transactions.
The Hudabiya Engineering Services, through its secretary Syed Ajmal Sibtain, sought the recovery of its 204,500 share certificates attached by NAB in Lahore on May 16, 2001.
The Hamza Spinning Mills, through its secretary Tariq Dastgir Khan, sought the recovery of its 2.735 million share certificates.
In the petitions filed through Advocate Abid Aziz Sheikh, the petitioners have maintained that it was unlawful on the part of NAB to recover the fines imposed on Nawaz Sharif from other members of his family.
They said after the clearance of Nawaz Sharif in two cases from the higher courts, NAB should have released the attached property and shares, but despite repeated applications since Nov 18 last year it had failed to do so.