Islamabad HC rejects Nawaz Sharif, Maryam's bail request

Gandapur's party condemned the attack but campaigning continued ahead of the polls

Gandapur's party condemned the attack but campaigning continued ahead of the polls

A two-judge division bench comprising Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kyani issued a notice to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to submit a response on appeals filed by the Sharif family. During Wednesday's hearing, the accountability court adjourned the proceedings till July 30 in order to wait for Islamabad HC directions on the matter.

The former Punjab CM also criticised the PTI for giving the Peshawar metro bus contract to a "black-listed" company.

Likewise, Amjad Pervez, legal counsel of Maryam and Safdar, also highlighted flaws in the accountability court's verdict and urged the court to set aside the ruling.

He restated that he will strengthen National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and other institutions to curb corruption and to increase revenues so that the people's money taken from taxes is spent on them.

Sharif urged the PTI leadership to present the evidence of corruption against him.

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Haris told the IHC that the accountability court judge can not hear the two cases against them as the arguments were similar to those in the Avenfield case.

On July 6, Sharif and Maryam were convicted in absentia in the Avenfield reference case by the Accountability Court. His daughter Maryam was sentenced to seven years in prison along with a £2 million ($2.6 million) fine.

They were also disqualified to contest election or to hold public office for a period of 10 years.

Khawaja Harris, legal counsel of Nawaz Sharif, argued that it was a case of having assets beyond known sources of income but the NAB prosecutor and investigator failed to provide valuation of the Avenfield properties during the trial. "We hope the high court will declare the convictions of Nawaz Sharif and his family void after hearing the arguments of our lawyers". Maryam's appeal was drafted on Saturday, however, her legal counsels who were in Adiala Jail to get the power of attorney signed by their client were unable to file the petition before the court hours ended.

While Sharif and his UK-based sons, Hussain and Hasan are named in all the three corruption cases - Avenfield reference, Flagship Investment and Al-Azizia reference, Maryam and Safdar are only named in the Avenfield case.

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