- Islamabad High Court adjourns hearing till June 23 in references against Nawaz Sharif
Islamabad High Court Adjourns Hearing Till June 23 In References Against Nawaz Sharif
Muhammad Irfan 10 days ago Wed 09th June 2021 | 07:15 PM
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday adjourned hearing till June 23, on appeals in graft references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members pertaining to Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Avenfield Property and Flagship Investment
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 9th Jun, 2021 ) :The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday adjourned hearing till June 23, on appeals in graft references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members pertaining to Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Avenfield Property and Flagship Investment.
Giving arguments, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Additional Prosecutor General Jahanzeb Bharwana said Nawaz Sharif's 'right to listen' had already been terminated due to non appearance. Now his appeals could be turned down without even going into the evidence, he added.
Bharwana said he would also present judicial references before the court in support of the stance.
He further contended that Nawaz Sharif's sentence should be upheld and increased in references of Avenfield property and Al-Azizia Steel Mills, respectively.
Earlier giving arguments, amicus curiae Azam Nazir Tarar argued that the court had to look at all parties equally. There was no denying that the decisions in different cases had impacts on others, he said.
In this case, the accused had been given only temporary relief of suspension of his imprisonment sentence.
Justice Farooq remarked that the NAB had now requested to dismiss the appeals of accused but those were already had been accepted for hearing. What to do if the appellants were no longer available to the bench, he questioned.
To this, Tarar said different courts had given opinions in various cases that in this situation the decision could not be on merit.
Azam Nazir Tarar said in such a situation, the path should be taken which would not harm anyone's right. Such cases used to live not only in law books, but also in the history, he argued.
Tarar pleaded that both Nawaz Sharif's disqualification and punishment were still valid.
At this time, the court should not do anything that could affect judiciary's image.
Justice Mohsin Akhter Kiyani remarked that Nawaz Sharif's trial was not conducted in his absence instead he was given full opportunity to defend himself.
Tarar adopted the stance that if the court hear the appeal in absentia and concluded that the sentence was wrong, then the acquittal of the accused would be criticized.
Justice Kiyani observed that judicial precedents produced by Azam Tarar were only related to accused trial in absence.
In the absence of one accused, the case of others cannot be adjourned, Justice Amir Farooq answered.
Azam Tarar said it would not matter if the proceedings on appeals were stopped here. If Nawaz Sharif returned or brought back tomorrow, let the case go ahead, he contended.
He said what would be the benefit if the court's decision could not be implemented even after the whole exercise? If the court upholds Nawaz Sharif's sentence, how the action would be taken, Tarar asked.
Justice Kiyani remarked whatever decision the court take it would be criticized, adding that the bench was looking for legal points instead of political.
Justice Farooq said the bench would decide the matter according to the law.
After this, the hearing of the case was adjourned till June 23. A division bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhter Kiyani heard the appeals filed by NAB, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar Awan in graft references.