The Islamabad High Court (IHC) announced its verdict and suspended the Accountability Court’s verdict in Avenfield reference case. IHC suspended the sentence of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Cap. Safder I Avenfield reference. The Court also ordered to release former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Safdar from Adiala Jail. A two-judge bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb heard the petitions filed by Sharif family. Earlier, the Court has directed NAB prosecutor Akram Qureshi to conclude his arguments.
Criminal Verdict not on Assumptions
During Tuesday’s hearing, Justice Minallah had remarked, “Seemingly, the Accountability Court’s verdict was based on the assumption that the Avenfield properties are occupied by the children but owned by Nawaz.” “When the second Panama judgement was announced it was binding on all judges but the first was not declared binding,” he added. However, NAB prosecutor Akram Qureshi stated that the second Panama judgement is still under process. However, Justice Minallah had pointed out that Qureshi had said he will conclude his arguments within an hour. “Tomorrow, I will conclude my arguments within 30 minutes,” the NAB prosecutor had responded. Justice Minallah had then remarked, “This is an important case and would have been great if we concluded it today. We will take a whole day for this case.”
Turning to the NAB prosecutor, Justice Aurangzeb had said, “There is a limit to everything and you have presented initial arguments. Even if you do not appear for the hearing tomorrow, we will announce the verdict.” The court had then adjourned the hearing till today.
Today, court suspended the sentence of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Cap. Safder in Avenfield reference. The Court also ordered to release former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Safdar from Adiala Jail.