IHC to announce verdict on Sharifs’ plea against jail sentence today

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) may issue today an order on petitions of the incarcerated members of the Sharif family seeking suspension of the sentence awarded to them in the Avenfield properties references.

Yesterday, a division bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb gave a final chance to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to conclude arguments on Wednesday (today).

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The judges said that even if the NAB prosecutor did not conclude his arguments, a verdict would be announced on the petitions filed by former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar challenging the Avenfield verdict.

The bench directed the prosecutor to wrap up arguments by Wednesday (today) at any cost. “If the NAB does not complete its arguments, then we will announce the verdict on the appeals keeping in view the NAB’s written response in the case,” the bench observed.

Justice Minallah remarked, “Seemingly, the accountability court’s verdict was based on the assumption that the Avenfield properties are in possession of the former premier’s children but he is the actual owner of the properties.

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