A two-member bench at Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry will hear a petition seeking extension for the third time in the conclusion of trials against Nawaz and his family as the deadline ends.

The bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will take up the an application seeking further extension in the time limit for concluding trials of the Sharif family with regard to three corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) after apex court’s verdict in Panama Papers case. 

The SC in July 28, 2017, Panamagate verdict, while disqualifying Nawaz Sharif from the post of prime minister, had originally set a deadline of six months which ended in mid-March but was extended for two months after the judge requested the apex court.

Earlier, the trial court had submitted the second plea for a deadline extension, which was approved by the Supreme Court ordering both sides to finish the corruption cases by June 9.

On June 4, Accountability Judge Muhammad Bashir while hearing the Al-Azizia reference had remarked that he would write a letter to the Supreme Court requesting another extension to wrap up corruption references against the Sharif family.