ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has heard the appeals of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband Captain (Retired) Mohammad Safdar seeking annulment of their conviction in Avenfield Apartment reference.
The high court’s division bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani also heard the miscellaneous petition of Maryam Nawaz in the same case.
Maryam Nawaz and Capt Safdar appeared in the hearing along with the leadership of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and lawyer Irfan Qadir Advocate.
Usman Ghani Cheema, Sardar Muzaffar, Moazzam Habib and Barrister Rizwan have appeared in the hearing on behalf of the National Accountability Court (NAB).
While initiating the arguments, Maryam Nawaz and Capt Safdar’s counsel told the court that he wants to highlight some points besides submitting some details to the court.
Justice Aamer Farooq remarked that the counsel was allowed to continue his arguments in the case to make it part of the record.
Irfan Qadir Advocate said, “The reference was filed against his client without having any evidence following the directives of the NAB chairman.” He added that he did not raise some points in the hearings that were mentioned in the verdict.
The judge remarked that the court will make it correct if there is something objectionable due to commotion in the courtroom or a writing pattern in the English language. He added that the trial is underway and those points could be removed at the request of the counsel.
Irfan Qadir said that his clients had thought the arguments were concluded by their counsel after reading the order.
To this, the judge remarked that the counsel should tell their clients regarding the continuation of arguments whether it would take one day or more. He added that the counsel will have to proceed with arguments in response to the NAB as well. Later, the court ordered the NAB lawyer to continue arguments.
The NAB prosecutor said that three accused had been given sentences on the same charges on July 6, 2018, by the accountability court in Avenfield Apartment reference. The court directed the NAB prosecutor to initiate a debate on the central appeal first.