Imran insists no delay in Avenfield reference verdict as Nawaz is not special before law

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman on Thursday insisted that no delay in the verdict reserved against ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Avenfield reference should be granted.

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“The Avenfield reference verdict should be announced tomorrow (Friday),” Imran said while speaking to the media before heading to Islamabad after concluding his two-day tour of Karachi.

He further stressed that Nawaz is not a special person that law can be changed for him.

However, according to sources, the former premier’s counsel Zafir Khan submitted a request in Accountability Court-I today, stating that the former premier wants to be present in court when the verdict is read out.

The request also includes details of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s illness, due to which the former premier and his daughter Maryam have been in London since June 14.

On Tuesday, Judge Mohammad Bashir had reserved the verdict in the reference and ordered all accused to ensure their presence in court.

Talking to the media in London on Wednesday, Nawaz requested the court to delay the verdict for a few days as he wants “to hear the verdict in the courtroom” where he attended over 100 hearings with his daughter.

Maryam also stated that she is willing to go to prison to pay the high price of the path she has taken.

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