CJP Nisar hints at revoking IHC verdict on Avenfield reference

CJP Nisar hints at revoking IHC verdict on Avenfield reference

Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had spoiled the country’s jurisprudence by suspending the sentences awarded to members of Sharif family in the Avenfield verdict.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar heard a petition filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) challenging the IHC verdict.

Khawaja Harris appeared in the court on the behalf of the Sharifs while Akram Qureshi represented the anti-graft buster in the case.

During the hearing, the top judge remarked: “In the prima facie, there seems no other way apart from suspending the ruling of the high court”.

The chief justice asked Haris to tell about the flaws in the verdict given by the accountability court awarding jail terms to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar.

To this, the counsel for Sharif replied that the net worth of assets owned by his clients was not mentioned by the NAB, adding that onus of evidence lies on investigators.

Later, the top judge directed Haris to come with preparation in next hearing on Nov 12 and adjourned the case.

NAB had moved the apex court last month challenging the Islamabad High Court (IHC) verdict in which sentences awarded to the former prime minister, his daughter and son-in-law in the Avenfield reference were suspended.

The anti-graft buster in its appeals pleaded the court that the high court did not correctly examine the evidence in the case and hence its decision was liable to be declared null and void.