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Pak apex court wants ex-PM Sharif's trial in graft cases completed in a month

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's today directed an anti-corruption court to wind up within a month proceedings against ousted and his family.

Three cases were launched against Sharif, 68, and his family members in September last year post his disqualification as the by the in July.

The court had also set a six-month deadline to complete the cases but later extended it by two months in March and then again by a month in May, which finally ended yesterday.

However, the Islamabad-based today requested for more time to complete the trial.

of (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar rejected Sharif's Khawaja Haris' petition for completing the trial in six weeks, ordering that the final verdict in the case be announced within a month.

He also asked the trial court to proceed on daily basis and conduct hearing even on Saturdays.

But, in a relief to Sharif, the court allowed him and his daughter to visit his ailing wife in where she is battling a throat cancer.

The is hearing the corruption cases against Sharif, his daughter and (retd) Safdar.

The (NAB) had filed three cases of corruption and money laundering against Sharif, his sons -- and Hussain, daughter -- Maryam, -- Safdar, and in the in and last year.

The had disqualified Sharif last year, forcing the three-time to resign. Sharif has dismissed the corruption charges as politically motivated.

The political future of Sharif, who leads the country's most powerful political family and his PML-N party, has been hanging in the balance since then. If convicted, he could be jailed.

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 19:25 IST