IHC to hear two references against Nawaz Sharif today

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court will start the process of declaring former prime minister Nawaz Sharif a fugitive in Azizia Steel Mills and Avenfield references.

A two-member bench of the IHC comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani will hear the appeals.  

Nawaz Sharif has also filed a petition seeking a review of the surrender order issued by the court in Al-Azaria reference.

The former prime minister has taken the position that the court should revoke the order of appearance and give an opportunity to appear in the appeal through a representative. In the Avenfield reference, the Sharif family is accused of buying four residential apartments near Mayfair and Park Lane in London’s most expensive area with money raised through illegal means.

In the Avenfield reference, the accountability court had sentenced Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and his son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar to jail, imprisonment, and fine.

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The accused appealed against the sentence to the IHC, which had suspended the sentences in September 2018, after which Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, and Captain Safdar were released from jail.

In the Azizia reference, Nawaz Sharif was imprisoned for seven years, banned from holding any public office for ten years, confiscated all property in his name, and fined. 

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