ISLAMABAD (Muslim Times) – The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Saturday moved the Supreme Court against Islamabad High Court (IHC) hearing the appeals of the Sharif family members against their conviction in the Avenfield reference verdict.
The petition submitted in the apex court by NAB Chairman Javed Iqbal stated that Sharif family members appeals against their conviction in the Avenfield reference verdict and their bail pleas cannot be heard simultaneously.
The petition further stated that the IHC without notifying the federation conducted hearing of the Sharif family members appeals against their conviction in the Avenfield reference verdict and their bail pleas simultaneously.
The plea stated that the IHC’s Divisional Bench worked against the principles by not notifying the federation.
The Bureau prayed the apex court to cancel the IHC’s September 10 judgement.
On Thursday, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) objected to hearings on former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain Safdar’s appeals against the Avenfield reference verdict about them.
The NAB prosecutor while presenting his arguments before a two-member bench of the IHC comprising Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Justice Athar Minallah, said, “If daily hearings can be conducted on petitions against the verdict then there can also be daily hearings on the appeals. Defence lawyers should argue over the appeals for two hours daily.”
The prosecutor said, “If a sentence is more than three years then the punishment cannot be immediately suspended.”
The NAB prosecutor opposed again and said that the accountability court was not made party in the petitions which is why they are not maintainable.
On July 16, the Sharif family and Captain Safdar had filed pleas for the Avenfield verdict to be reversed.