LAHORE - The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday extended till August 26 the stay order under which National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was restrained from taking any coercive action against the Sharif Brothers in connection with recovery of fine and seizure of their property in the NAB cases. A division bench of the Lahore High Court was hearing seven identical appeals of the Sharif family against punishment by accountability courts in NAB cases including confiscation of their property ownership documents. As the proceedings resumed on Wednesday, NAB prosecutor Mian Bashir appearing in court sought time to file reply on the petitions of the Sharif family contending that NAB did not receive courts notice and it came to know about the courts notice on the petitions through internet and newspapers. The bench comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Mamoon Rashid extending the stay order in favour of Sharif family adjourned further hearing till August 26 giving time to NAB to file reply. On previous hearing the LHC bench had sought replies from NAB authorities on the petitions. The bench had issued notice to chairman NAB on the appeals of Sharif family and restrained NAB from taking coercive measures against the appellants. The appeals were filed by Shahbaz Sharif, Sabina Abbas, daughter of Mian Abbas, Hud-abiya Paper Mills, Hudabiya Engineering Services, Cha-udhry Sugar Mills, Ramzan Sugar Mills and Hamza Spinning Mills. In the appeals the Sharif family took a plea that the NAB was not releasing their properties seized in 2001 in order to recover fine imposed by an accountability court and an anti terrorism court on PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif in plane hijacking and purchase of a Russian helicopter cases. Earlier, these appeals were being heard at Rawalpindi bench of the LHC, however, the same were transferred to principal seat (Lahore) due to unavailability of bench in Rawalpindi. An accountability court on July 22, 2000 sentenced Nawaz Sharif to 14 years rigorous imprisonment and Rs20 million fine in the helicopter case. in plane hijacking case, an anti terrorism court of Karachi had convicted him on April 6, 2000, and awarded him life imprisonment, Rs500,000 fine and attachment of his movable and immovable property. The conviction was, however, set aside by Supreme Court on Oct 30, 2000. The appellants argued that it was unlawful on the part of NAB to recover the fines imposed on Nawaz Sharif from other members of his family. They said after the clearance of Nawaz Sharif both from the apex court, NAB should have released the attached property and shares, but despite repeated applications it had failed to do so. The appellants pleaded that despite the conviction was set aside by the apex court that NAB was not releasing their seized properties and resorted to coercive measures against them.