RAWALPINDI Accountability Court (AC) Rawalpindi No 4 Thursday adjourned the hearing of the petitions of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed for the withdrawal of its two references against Interior Minister Rehman Malik till July 13. The AC judge Chaudhary Abdul Haq deferred the proceedings after NAB Additional Prosecutor General (APG) Malik Jameel Awan argued before the court defending the bureaus decision to withdraw the references under section 31-B of NAB Ordinance. The court also enquired whether it was appropriate to withdraw the cases before the superior courts judgment regarding the ministers presidential pardon. On this, the APG told the court that those were two different references pending before the Supreme Court. Therefore, he maintained that those references could be withdrawn. However, the court refused to give an immediate verdict on the matter saying that the ministers counsel was not present at the hearing and adjourned the proceedings till the next date of hearing. Earlier, National Accountability Bureau had informed the court on Monday that the two corruption references filed by the bureau 13 years ago against Interior Minister Rehman Malik and other officials of the Federal Investigation Agency were 'not genuine and it did not want to further prosecute the cases. The judge had also directed him to produce the law points in favour of withdrawal of the NAB application and record of all applications filed by the bureau in high courts and the Supreme Court in the cases. The judge asked the APG not to speak about the merits of the references and only cite laws relating to withdrawal of the cases. While APG Malik Jamil had said that the alleged involvement of the Interior Minister and other FIA officials in a raid on the house of Hashim Raza Rizvi could not be proved. He added that Malik was not heading the raiding team which was following the orders of the then Interior Minister Naseerullah Babar. About the allegations levelled by Hashim Razas brother Abbas Raza that the FIA team had looted 20 tolas of jewellery and Rs700,000, the APG said the complainant did not object to the recovery of a memo prepared at that time and the case was registered three years later. About the second reference in which Rehman Malik was accused of receiving two cars worth Rs1.798 million from Toyota Central Motors in Karachi through Deputy Director Wasim Ahmed as an illegal gratification for the purchase of vehicles by the FIA worth tens of millions of rupees, the APG said the cars had not been taken as commission and no FIA official was involved in the purchase of cars in 1995. The NAB lawyer had produced an affidavit of the then Director General of FIA about non-involvement of Malik and said no FIA official was on the committee for purchasing the cars.