SC Will Resume Hearing NAB Appeal on Sharifs Sentence Suspension


The Supreme Court of Pakistan will resume hearing a petition filed by the National Accountability Bureau challenging Sharifs sentence suspension of prison terms in corruption reference.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were sentenced for prison in a corruption reference but later got bail.

NAB had filed the petition in the Supreme Court last month challenging an earlier decision by the Islamabad High Court suspending sentences given to Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz, and son-in-law Capt (Retd.) Safdar in the Avenfield properties reference.

A three-member Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had heard the petition on October 24, and issued notices to the former premier and his daughter.

The Supreme court had observed that it would not take notice of the appeal against Capt Retd. Safdar’s sentence suspension, since his prison term was only one year.

Also Read: Avenfield Reference: NAB challenges suspension of Sharifs jail term

The NAB prosecutor in attendance had told the bench that the Islamabad High Court order comprised of 43 pages.

To this, the chief justice had observed that the order should have taken 1.5-2 pages at the most. Ask anyone, if they have ever seen an order taking up as many as 43 pages, the chief justice had remarked.

The court hearing was adjourned for November 6, today.

NAB has classified in its petition for declaring the September 19 Islamabad High court decision null and void. NAB officials claim that the “IHC had failed to appreciate that through its order, it had seriously prejudiced the case of the prosecution by holding that the trial court judgement suffered from obvious and glaring defects and infirmities and that the convictions and sentences handed down to the accused might not be sustained ultimately.”

NAB is affirmative that Supreme court will restore the Sharifs sentence suspension and cancel the bail given to the accused in the corruption reference.


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