ihc adjourns nawaz sharif’s appeals in avenfield and al azizia cases
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has deferred the hearing of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s appeals challenging convictions in the Avenfield and Al-Azizia cases. The two-member bench, comprising Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Gul Hassan Aurangzeb, presided over the proceedings. Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer, Azam Nazeer Tarar, requested the court to excuse his client from appearing due to security concerns, prompting the Chief Justice to advise filing a formal exemption application.
During the hearing the Chief Justice Raised the Question of whether a Public Officeholder could accumulate assets beyond means without involving Corruption. The Court Put off the Hearing until Wednesday, November 29.
Nawaz Sharif faced convictions in the Avenfield and Al-Azizia references. The accountability court sentenced him to a 10-year jail term with an eight million Pounds fine in the Avenfield case and seven years in the Al-Azizia reference, along with a disqualification from holding public office for a decade. In 2019, the Lahore High Court suspended his sentence in the Al-Azizia case on medical grounds, allowing him to go to London. Nawaz Sharif, who had been in self-imposed exile since 2019, returned to Pakistan on October 21.
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The Deferred Hearing adds another Chapter to the legal Saga Surrounding Nawaz Sharif a Key figure in Pakistani Politics.
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The Outcomes of these appeals will Significantly impact the Country’s Political landscape and the trajectory of the PML-N Party Especially in the lead-up to the Upcoming General Elections. Observers await further Developments as the Legal Proceedings unfold.