Nawaz, Maryam, Safdar file plea against Avenfield verdict

WAHEED DOGAR
ISLAMABAD
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar on Friday filed an appeal in the Islamabad High Court against the verdict of an accountability court in Avenfield reference, seeking their release from the jail.
Nawaz, Maryam were arrested by NAB at the Lahore airport after they landed to render their arrests. Earlier, a NAB team had arrested Safdar at a public rally in Rawalpindi.
Nawaz, his daughter and son-in-law filed a miscellaneous application in the IHC, making the accountability court and NAB parties in the case.
Earlier, the issue of not making accountability court and the anti-graft body party appeared in Safdar’s case, seeking suspension of accountability court verdict against him.
Later, defence lawyer Amjad Pervez requested the IHC divisional bench for time to re-file the application. The divisional bench after granting time directed the defence lawyer to re-submit the plea making NAB and accountability court party in the case.
The defence lawyer, during the hearing, argued that there is only one line in the 174 pages verdict where his client is labeled for offence.
The counsel further argued that ample proofs are available where courts accepted applications pertaining to the conviction less than five years. Responding the argument, Justice Amir Farooq remarked that citing such factor the application has been separated from others.

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