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Avenfield case: Security beefed up as court to decide Sharifs’ fate today

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The Accountability Court (AC), hearing the Avenfield reference against the Sharif family will announce the reserved verdict today.

Before announcing the verdict, Decide Mohammad Bashir will hear the request filed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz seeking postponement of the verdict.

: Security beefed up as court to

Ahead of the expected verdict, a heavy contingent comprising Islamabad police, Rangers, and others has been deployed across the judicial complex, while roads leading to the accountability court have been closed.

Moreover, the district administration has imposed Part 144 in the capital to discourage mass gatherings.

A larger number of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders and supporters have reached the court docket whereas Maryam’s counsel Amjad Pervaiz additionally current in the courtroom.

As many as three references had been filed towards the members of Sharif family, in line with the directives of the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case.

Nawaz Sharif and his sons Hussain and Hasan are accused in all three references – Hill Metal establishment, London flats and offshore corporations –  whereas Maryam and her husband Safdar are named in the Avenfield reference only.

Nawaz Sharif and his daughter on Thursday submitted a plea within the accountability court requesting to defer verdict in Avenfield reference for few days citing Kulsoom Nawaz’s crucial well being.

On Thursday, the representative of Nawaz Sharif, Zafar Khan submitted the plea within the court docket, asking the court to delay the verdict. The statement of the plea reads that he received’t be able to seem before the court docket tomorrow (July 6), attributable to Kulsoom Nawaz’s crucial well being.

Then again, the PML-N spokesperson Maryam Aurangzeb said that Nawaz’s demand to delay the court verdict of July 6 is legal so the accountability court is requested to announce the verdict on July 25. The courts are the image of justice, subsequently, a legal plea should be thought of, she mentioned.

Earlier, whereas talking to media in London on Wednesday, Nawaz Sharif requested the court docket to postpone verdict citing Kulsoom’s health.

Addressing essential press conference in London, Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif mentioned: “I need to hear the judgement within the case while standing in the courtroom. I’m a political chief of my nation and I’ll stand by with them in any circumstances”.

“My spouse has been on a ventilator since final 21 days,” including, “I need to hear Avenfield reference verdict within the court room.”

Nawaz mentioned that he’s facing one-sided investigations from July 2017 however the nation is standing with him. He announced to return as quickly as Kulsoom Nawaz’s well being improves.

The Trial 

The accountability court docket initiated proceedings against Sharifs in September 2017 after the NAB filed references towards them following the Panama gate verdict.

The court performed over 107 hearings in the Avenfield case and recorded the statements of 18prosecutionn witness including the Panamagate Joint Investigation Group head Wajid Zia, who can also be addition director of FIA.

After Zia’s statement, the defence counsels cross-examined the JIT head for round two weeks.

The prosecution also recorded statements of two witnesses by way of video-link from London — private solicitor Akhtar Raja and forensic knowledgeable Robert Radley — whose expertise was utilised by the JIT throughout its probe.

Nawaz and the opposite accused had been requested 127 questions throughout their cross-examination, whereas no witnesses appeared of their defence.

Nawaz and Maryam appeared earlier than the court docket for 78 times, as they typically visited London to satisfy ailing Kulsoom Nawaz.

Safdar, however, attended almost all of the proceedings.

The proceedings in two different instances — Al-Azizia Metal Mills and Hill Metallic Establishment and offshore firms – are but to be completed.

 

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