Nawaz Sharif’s plea for cancellation of punishment – Here is what the judge said

In Al-Azizia reference case, the punishment of Nawaz Sharif will be suspended or not, the hearing on the request subjected to the appointment of the Central Appeal.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Islamabad High Court Athar Min Ullah and Justice Amir Farooq heard the petition filed by former Prime Minister.

When the hearing started, Justice Athar Min Ullah said:

“Appeal against punishment is not yet confirmed, then how the plea for cancellation can be heard?”

On this, Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer, Khawaja Haris told that appeal has been filed but due to winter vacations, only urgent cases are being filed.”

Remarks from Chief Justice Athat Min Ullah:

“The IHC Registrar Office will fix the appeal and then this request will be fixed as well. Notices and orders will be issued in this regard,”

he added. After this, the court adjourned the hearing.

Nawaz Sharif’s legal team had last week filed the petition as well as an appeal against his conviction in the Al-Azizia reference.

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The registrar office had raised some administrative objections to the petition as the legal team submitted with it over 4,000 documents, including papers in foreign languages and some documents were not readable.

On Dec 24th, 2018, accountability court judge Mohammad Arshad Malik had convicted Mr. Nawaz in the Al-Azizia reference and awarded him seven years imprisonment, besides imposing a fine of Rs1.5 billion and $25 million.

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