The Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi bench on Monday reserved its judgment on petitions seeking quashment of three corruption references prepared by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif and his family members.

The division bench of the LHC, comprising Justice Khwaja Imtiaz Ahmed and Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan, heard the petitions.

During today’s hearing, Khawaja Harris Ahmed, the counsel of Sharif family, and NAB prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar concluded their arguments after which the bench reserved its ruling.

The corruption references relate to the Hudaibya Paper Mills, Ittefaq Foundries and Raiwind assets.

The NAB had prepared the references during the Musharraf regime in the year 2000 when the Sharif brothers were detained in the Attock Fort. On April 4, 2001, the references were adjourned sine die.

On Aug 8, 2007, the NAB filed an application for revival of the references. But the court did not proceed with the matter which was again adjourned sine die in Aug 2008 because it was not routed through the NAB chairman. Another application filed by the NAB in Feb 2010 was rejected on the same grounds.