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Avenfield case conviction: IHC imposes fine on NAB for delay tactics on Sharif’s petition

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) has shows displeasure over National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and imposed a fine of worth Rs 10,000 on Thursday for resorting to delaying tactics on a petition filed by the Sharif family.

Former premier Nawaz Sharif and his family had petitioned the IHC against their conviction in the Avenfield reference by the accountability court. A two-member bench of IHC told NAB that delaying tactics were being used.

Earlier in the day, Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb resumed the hearing of the case on Thursday and asked NAB’s Deputy Prosecutor, Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi to continue the arguments.

However, the NAB deputy prosecutor said that he had been directed to ask for an adjournment of two days.

Upon this, Justice Minallah questioned Abbasi whether the NAB chairman had directed him so, to which the deputy prosecutor general responded that the prosecutor general had asked him.

During the hearing, Nawaz’s counsel, Khawaja Harris, protested and contended that the pleas were filed a month ago.

Moreover, Justice Minallah remarked that there needed to be a solid reason for adjournment.

Following this, the NAB deputy prosecutor also suggested recusing himself from the case to which Justice Aurangzeb observed that there were no objections when the petitions for transfer of the case were heard.

Justice Minallah, for one more time, questioned if anyone had any objections to the bench and clarified that all respondents were equal before the bench.

Meanwhile, Nawaz’s counsel also argued that the NAB chairman asking for adjournment does not reflect transparency in the case.

 

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