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Avenfield Reference review petition: Maryam Nawaz appears before IHC

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

01st Sep, 2020. 10:15 am
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Avenfield Reference

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will hear appeals filed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and his son-in-law captain Muhammad Safdar against their conviction in the Avenfield reference today (Tuesday).

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz has appeared before the IHC to attend a hearing of the Avenfield Apartments review petition.

The entry of non-relevant persons, including PML-N workers and supporters, will not be allowed inside the courtroom. Party workers will be kept away from the IHC building. The petition is expected to be taken up by the court by 11:30 am.

A two-judge bench comprising Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani will hear the case.

However, Mian Nawaz Sharif had sought exemption from attending the hearing, while Maryam and Safdar had filed a request for adjournment. All three — Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar — are out on bail in the case.

In July 2018, PML-N supremo Nawaz had been sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison and slapped with a fine of Rs1.3 billion in the Avenfield properties reference while Maryam was sentenced to eight years with a fine of Rs335 million.

The Avenfield properties reference was one of three filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) the preceding year in light of the Supreme Court’s verdict against Nawaz in the Panama Papers case.

The reference pertained to the ownership of the Sharif family’s apartments at Avenfield House, London.

Earlier, while addressing to media officials, Maryam Nawaz said the accountability watchdog is being used for political manipulation.

The real role of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is not hidden from anyone, she added.

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