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Supreme Court to begin hearing of plea challenging Sharifs’ jail term shortly

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) on Wednesday will begin hearing on the appeal lodged by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) challenging suspension of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and political heir Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar today.

 

As per details garnered, a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar will begin hearing here in the federal capital today.

 

The apex court in a statement said it had replaced Justice Umar Ata Bandial with Justice Mazhar Alam after the latter recused himself from hearing the petitions due to ill health.

 

In its plea challenging suspension of jail term of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and political heir Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar, NAB states, “IHC had failed to appreciate that through its order, it had seriously prejudiced the case of the prosecution by holding that the trial court judgement suffered from obvious and glaring defects and infirmities and that the convictions and sentences handed down to the accused might not be sustained ultimately.”

 

It is pertinent here to mention that Islamabad High Court—on September 19—had annulled jail term of Sharifs awarded to them by an accountability court in Avenfield reference case.

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