ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s appeal against the sentence in Azizia reference will be heard today.
Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani will hear the appeals. The court has issued non-bailable arrest warrants in Azizia and Avenfield references. Following Nawaz Sharif’s non- appearance, the court is likely to initiate proceedings to declare him a fugitive.
The former prime minister has taken a stand in his petition that the court should revoke the order to appear in person and allow him to appear in the appeal through a representative.
Nawaz Sharif also requested to withdraw the summons on medical grounds. All medical reports have also been attached to the petition filed by him.
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The Islamabad High Court had on 1st September ordered the former premier to surrender before the court in reference. The court also directed the federal government to submit all records related to Nawaz Sharif by 10th September.
Justice Amir Farooq remarked that the court was not yet declaring Nawaz Sharif a fugitive, giving him an opportunity to surrender. If Nawaz Sharif does not appear before the next hearing, the court will start the process of declaring him a fugitive, the judge remarked.