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PML-N Leader Nawaz Sharif Seeks Acquittal in Toshakhana Reference Case

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s request for acquittal in the Toshakhana reference has sparked renewed interest in the ongoing legal proceedings.

The accountability court convened to hear the Toshakhana reference, which involves President Asif Zardari, Nawaz Sharif, and former prime minister and current Senate Chairman, Yousaf Raza Gilani. Presiding over the hearing, Judge Naseer Javaid Ranjha oversaw the proceedings, with legal representation for the defendants including Arshad Tabriz advocate for President Asif Zardari, and Pleader Rana Muhammad Irfan for Nawaz Sharif.

During the hearing, Nawaz Sharif’s legal counsel, Pleader Rana Muhammad Irfan, submitted a plea seeking the acquittal of the former three-time prime minister from the charges laid out in the Toshakhana reference. The court responded by issuing a notice for May 23 regarding Nawaz Sharif’s request for acquittal, while also accepting a request for exemption from Yousaf Raza Gilani’s presence.

In light of President Asif Zardari’s presidential immunity, Nawaz Sharif’s legal team emphasized that the case against him cannot proceed until this immunity is addressed. Meanwhile, the NAB prosecutor stated that they have received the request for presidential exemption and are currently reviewing it.

The accountability court adjourned the hearing on the Toshakhana reference until June 3, indicating the complexity and importance of the legal proceedings.

This development comes amidst heightened scrutiny of political figures and legal processes in Pakistan. The Toshakhana issue has become a focal point in national politics, with its implications reverberating throughout the country’s political landscape.

The Election Commission of Pakistan’s decision to disqualify the PTI chief for making false statements and incorrect declarations has further intensified the discourse surrounding accountability and transparency in governance.

As the legal proceedings unfold, stakeholders and observers continue to monitor developments closely, awaiting further clarity on the implications for the individuals involved and the broader political landscape of Pakistan.

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