Nawaz Sharif wants Avenfield case verdict be deferred for a week

Nawaz Sharif

The inevitable has happened. The former Prime Minister of Pakistan has filed the most anticipated petition with the country’s accountability court. Mr. Naaz Sharif wishes the decision in the Avenfield reference be deferred; for as many as seven days.

The pleas has been filed here in Islamabad today (Thursday) by Advocate Zafar Khan. Meanwhile, the applicant has also attached a medical certificate of ailing Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

Nawaz said that he’s unable to reach the court on Friday since he’s staying in London to look after his wife, who’s unwell since months. He further added that Begum Kulsoon Nawaz has been placed on a ventilator at Harley Street clinic (London). “I will return to Pakistan, the moment there’re signs of improvement in Kulsoom’s health,” added Nawaz Sharif.

Apparently, the three-time former premier is willing to hear the verdict; provided the same should be announced in their presence; when the family returns in a week’s time.

Meanwhile, the verdict was reserved on July 3, by Judge Muhammad Bashir in the case, pertaining to the upscale London flats in the possession of the Sharif family. It has been over ten months now that the accountability court has been engaged in completing the proceedings of the verdict, with allegations of unnecessary trial speedup and unjust conduct.

As for references faced by the members of Sharif family, there were three references against them in line with the directives of the Supreme Court relating to the Panama Papers case.

Nawaz Sharif – Hussain and Hasan (his sons) are accused in all three following references:

  • Hill Metal establishment
  • London flats, and
  • Offshore firms

His daughter Maryam alongside her husband MNA Capt (retd) Safdar is named in one reference only i.e. the Avenfield reference.

It would be pertinent to mention here that:

1) The court had already granted Mr. Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz a ‘2-day exemption on Monday.

2) The decision, therefore, had already been reserved by the court on Monday, to be announced on (coming) Friday.

The ‘timing’ of the move is pretty important as the general elections are round the corner; set to be held in weeks now!

During the recent hearings, none of the accused in the case bothered to appear before the court, taking the plea “we’re are in London to visit the ailing Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.”

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