NAB challenges suspension of Sharifs’ jail term


ISLAMABAD, Oct 23 (TNS): The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday challenged the Sept 19, 2018 Islamabad High Court (IHC) order of suspending the jail term awarded by a trial court in the Avenfield reference to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired captain Mohammad Safdar.

In its appeal, which was filed through its special prosecutor Akram Qureshi, NAB contended that the IHC had failed to appreciate that through its order, it had seriously prejudiced the case of the prosecution by holding that the trial court judgement suffered from obvious and glaring defects and infirmities and that the convictions and sentences handed down to the accused might not be sustained ultimately.

It requested the apex court to set aside the IHC order and recall the relief of suspending the sentence and the grant of bail to all the accused.

On Sept 19, a division bench of the high court had set free Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law after accepting their petitions seeking suspension of the sentence awarded to them by an accountability court of Islamabad on July 6. The court had awarded 10 years imprisonment to Nawaz Sharif, seven years to his daughter and one year to his son-in-law in the Aven­field apartment reference.