NAB appeal against suspension of Sharifs' jail term declared admissible

Dunya News

The hearing has been adjourned till December 12.

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Supreme Court (SC) on Monday has approved the appeal filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against the suspension of ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar’s sentences in Avenfield reference for hearing.

During the proceedings, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar said that Nawaz’s lawyer Khawaja Harris has requested to form larger bench for the appeal after a long debate.

The hearing has been adjourned till December 12. 

It is to be mentioned here that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain Safdar were convicted and sentenced to prison in absentia for ten years, seven years and one year respectively, in Avenfield verdict.

Maryam Nawaz and Captain (r) Safdar, who were candidates for the general elections 2018, were also disqualified from contesting elections for 10 years each.

The sentence and a fine of 8 million pounds, or $10.6 million, came almost a year after Supreme Court removed Sharif from office and less than five months after the court barred him from holding office for life.

However, the convictions were suspended by Islamabad High Court and they were released from Adiala jail till final decision.