ISLAMABAD: A two-judge bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday issued notice to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to submit response on appeals of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar against their conviction in the Avenfield properties reference.
The division bench comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kyani and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb took up their appeals seeking to set aside the accountability court judgment that awarded 10 years imprisonment to Sharif, seven years to Maryam and one year to Captain (retd) Safdar.
It rejected their plea to grant bail and issued notice to the Bureau to submit its reply to the application seeking to suspend their conviction.
The bench directed the authorities concerned to present complete record of the Avenfield case on next hearing.
The judges also turned down a request by the appellants’ lawyer Khawaja Haris to grant a stay order, restraining Accountability Judge Muhammad Bashir from proceeding with the two pending cases against his clients till the Bureau submits its response.
The counsel argued that the judge, who convicted Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law, cannot hear the other two cases against them as their arguments in these cases are similar to the ones in the Avenfield case.
The court directed that the case be fixed for hearing in the last week of July.