Sharif's petition in choppy waters in "illegal" chopper case

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Rawalpindi, June 25 (ANI): Problems for the former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are far from over, as the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has now requested the Lahore High Court (LHC) to dismiss Sharif's petition against punishment in the helicopter case.

The NAB has sighted that Sharif had filed the petition much after the date set by the court.

Senior NAB Prosecutor Abdul Baseer Qureshi told a Division Bench that Sharif, after his conviction, had deliberately avoided approaching court for an appeal within the stipulated time, and preferred going abroad to file his plea.

"It is a clear evidence of Nawaz Sharif's disinterest in challenging the verdict. Therefore, the court should dismiss his belated plea for the condoning of time limit for filing appeal in the case," Qureshi said.

Qureshi also denied that the copies of the verdict had reached Sharif late due to which he couldn't file his petition.

"All the record was supplied to former prime minister's counsel on April 10," The Daily Times quoted Qureshi, as saying.

Sharif has been accused of tax evasion and fraudulently purchasing a helicopter, which he used for election campaigning in the mid-1990s.

A special anti-terrorism court had adjudged him guilty of utilizing his post for his own benefit, and disqualified him from holding public office for 21 years. (ANI)

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