Accountability Court to announce verdict today, discard Nawaz’s plea seeking delay

ISLAMABAD: The most awaited verdict is round the corner as the Accountability Court judge Mohammad Bashir has announced verdict on the plea of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif seeking the delay in Avenfield reference judgement, which is scheduled to be announced today.

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The verdict will be announced today at 2: 30 PM, Judge Mohammad Bashir ruled.

Avenfield reference which was one of the corruption references filed against Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz on the orders of Supreme Court of Pakistan, last year.

On Wednesday in the press conference outside the London’s hospital where Nawaz’s ailing wife Kulsoom Nawaz is being treated against cancer, the former had sought the delay in Avenfield reference till Kulsoom’s health condition omproves.

However, on Thursday a formal plea was submitted before the court by Nawaz’s counsel in this regard.

Avenfield reference is one of the three reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau(NAB) on the orders of Supreme Court of Pakistan in Panama Paper’s case last year.

Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz and Captain(R) Safdar are charged in Avenfield refernce, which revolves around allegations of buying London flats through money laundring.

The NAB contended that Nawaz was the beneficial owner of London’s flats, as he misused his power when he was the public office holder(PM).

Whereas ousted PM Nawaz refuted allegations, saying that he had nothing to do with his children’s business, as flats are owned by his sons Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz.

The Accountability Court however declared Hussain, Hassan Nawaz proclaimed offenders owing to their no-show in the entire case proceedings.

Furthermore, apparent heir of Nawaz, his daughter Maryam Nawaz was indicted for allegedly submitting forged documents before Supreme Court led Joint Investigation Team(JIT) last year.

Nawaz and Maryam attended 78 hearings, as they often visited London in between to spend time with Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

Safdar, however, attended nearly all the proceedings.

The apex court had directed the trial court to conclude the cases in six months. However, the court has only concluded proceedings of the Avenfield reference despite two deadline extensions — the latest one being July 10.

The other two corruption references — Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment and offshore companies including Flagship Investment Limited — have yet to conclude.

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