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LHC dismisses appeals against Sharifs’ sentences in Avenfield properties case

F.P. Report

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has dismissed appeals petitions to suspend the sentence of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar in Avenfield reference case on Friday.

Justice Shahid Waheed, headed a three member bench, comprising Justice Aatir Mehmood and Justice Shahid Jameel Khan heard the appeals seeking the release of the Sharif family members.

National Accountability Ordinance (NAO), 1999, better known as NAB Ordinance, was initiated by former president Pervez Musharraf but lapsed after the 18th Amendment, the petitioner stated.

The petitioner added that a three-time prime minister was sentenced in accordance with a dead law and requested the court to declare the Sharif family’s sentences null and void as they were convicted through a dead law.

After hearing the arguments, the bench initially reserved its judgment but announced it later.

The bench dismissed petitions challenging Sharif family’s sentences and also appeals seeking that NAB Ordinance 1999 be declared null and void.

Appeals have also been filed in the Islamabad High Court against the sentences handed to Nawaz, Maryam and Capt (retd) Safdar. However, on August 20, the IHC deferred its judgment over the appeals.

On July 6, an accountability court had sentenced Nawaz to a total of 11 years in prison and slapped a £8 million fine (Rs1.3 billion) in the corruption reference while his daughter Maryam was sentenced to eight years with a £2 million fine (Rs335 million). Additionally, Nawaz’s son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar was given a one-year sentence without any fine.

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