Law and justice embarrassed, says Maryam after SC verdict

  • Law and justice embarrassed, says Maryam after SC verdict

Law and justice embarrassed, says Maryam after SC verdict

The AC was hearing three references against Sharif family members filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on September 8, in compliance of Supreme Court July 28, judgment in Panama papers case.

Later, former attorney general Irfan Qadir told local media that the judgment shows that its decision was not binding on the accountability court.

Earlier in the day, the accountability court reserved its judgement on the petition to club corruption references against the Sharif family.

Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar appeared in the accountability court in the capital on Tuesday morning for a hearing in connection with the cases filed against them by the NAB.

The court heard arguments from Sharif's counsel Khawaja Haris and the NAB prosecutor about merging the three corruption references against the accused.

A number of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N)'s leaders and activists were also present on the occasion and chanting slogans in favor of their leadership. Six witnesses are common in both references and three are common with those of Avenfield flats reference. The references are related to different assets but all three name the same persons as accused.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has seen disposal of Nawaz Sharif's review petitions by a five-member bench of Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on Tuesday as a proof that the disqualified premier attempted to fool the people, the court and the parliament of Pakistan. He went on to say that on the application of just one accused, the trial can not be combined into a single case, the Pakistan media reported.

Haris argued that the defence in all the three cases is the same and there should be one case and one trial.

In its detailed 23-page verdict, the apex court observed that no error has been identified in the Panama case, which could be reviewed and the accountability court is free to make a decision on the basis of nature of evidence.

The charge sheet was read out in the courtroom in presence of Maryam Nawaz, her spouse Capt (r) Safdar, and Sharif's representative Zafir Khan.