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Avenfield reference: IHC schedules hearing for appeals filed by PML-N Leadership

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

24th Aug, 2020. 10:36 am
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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday has scheduled hearing of appeals filed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar against their conviction in the Avenfield reference.

According to the details, a two-judge bench comprising Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani will hear the case on September 1.

In addition to this, the court will also take up former premier’s appeal against his conviction in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference on September 1.

The accused have been out on bail since Sept 19, 2018, when the IHC suspended the 10-year, seven-year, and one-year imprisonment handed down to Nawaz, Maryam, and Safdar, respectively by an accountability court on July 6, 2018.

The Supreme Court later upheld the suspension of their conviction while rejecting the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) appeal against the high court’s decision.

NAB’s appeals, including one seeking an increase in the PML-N supreme leader’s sentence in the Al-Azizia case from seven years to 14 years and the other against his acquittal in the Flagship reference, will also be heard.

Accountability court Judge Muhammad Arshad Malik had handed the verdicts in the Al-Azizia and Flagship cases.

He was later dismissed from his post following a video scandal.

Earlier while addressing a press conference Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz said the accountability watchdog is being used for political manipulation.

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz said that the real role of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is not hidden from anyone.

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