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In a major relief for its supporters, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday acquitted Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) supremo and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the Avenfield reference.

A two-member bench comprising IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb announced the verdict.

Earlier, the IHC had adjourned Nawaz’s appeals against his convictions in the Avenfield Apartments and Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption cases till today.

Speaking to media after today’s hearing, Nawaz said, “I thank God as I had left the entire matters on him. God has made us victorious today.”

Background

In 2018, Nawaz was sentenced to 10 and seven years in prison in the Avenfield and Al-Azizia references, respectively.

The three-time former prime minister was declared a proclaimed offender by the IHC over non-compliance after he went to London for medical treatment with the court’s permission in November 2019.

Nawaz moves IHC to revive pleas against conviction in Avenfield, Al-Azizia cases

On October 23, the former prime minister, upon his arrival to Pakistan after four years, moved the IHC to revive appeals against his convictions.

The pleas said that IHC dismissed Nawaz’s appeals for non-compliance in June 2021 due to his prolonged stay in London, arguing that the PML-N supremo never took advantage of the bail granted to him in all the cases.

IHC last month restored Pakistan PML-N supremo’s appeals against his conviction verdicts in the Avenfield and Al-Azizia cases.

During the hearing then, NAB Prosecutor General Ehtesham Qadir Shah stated that the court had directed the watchdog’s chairman to provide an opinion on the bail pleas. He informed the court, “We had an extensive discussion regarding the petitions.”

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Johnny Walker Nov 29, 2023 04:30pm
How predictable. No surprise here. Money money money
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KU Nov 29, 2023 04:39pm
Not because of lack of proof, but because NAB withdrew it's original reference, hence the guilty is innocent. This is why it's said that there are many ways to skin a cat.
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Anila Qadri Nov 29, 2023 04:39pm
It means you can loot the country and still be a hero. What a shame.
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Asif Nov 29, 2023 05:24pm
The way our exemplary‘ independent’ judiciary was standing on its head it was obvious to even unborn children. So much taxpayer money was wasted on this drama .
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Usman Nov 29, 2023 05:38pm
@KU, why couldnt the NAB build up a caee when pti was in power
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Zaig Nov 29, 2023 05:52pm
@Usman, PTI was in govt but not in power.
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Nasir Nov 29, 2023 05:54pm
Alhamdolillah, now Pakistan is going to overtake to become the 5th biggest economy in 5 years! Justice has been served
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Azhar Nov 29, 2023 06:25pm
Thanks to Pakistan Army for support
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Maqsood Alam Nov 29, 2023 07:47pm
@Asif , Benazir was at least rightful in calling them Kangaroo Courts
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Ch K A Nye Nov 29, 2023 07:52pm
@Nasir, your sense of humour is astounding. Love your jokes.
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Ch K A Nye Nov 29, 2023 07:52pm
And Boys, boys, boys.
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Parvez Nov 29, 2023 08:07pm
...so the verdict of the Supreme Court was wrong ?
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werwer Nov 29, 2023 08:16pm
This is the real work for the SIFC
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Shahzi Nov 29, 2023 08:21pm
Stupid argument. In govt not in power shameful excuse. If this was scenario PTI Should have moral courage to come out of govt
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Juju Nov 29, 2023 09:21pm
Kangaroo courts in action
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Fani Nov 29, 2023 09:52pm
Justice has taken too long..its a baseless case for just to launch the imran as PM.May ALLAH grant power to all of us to stand with justice to prosper Pakistan in future.
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Fani Nov 29, 2023 09:56pm
Justice has taken too long..its a baseless case just to launch imran as PM. May ALLAH grant us courage to stand with right at right time too for our beloved PAK to prosper.
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Adeel Nov 29, 2023 10:04pm
Banana Republic country..... Lagy raho Muna Bahi..... See today's World Bank report.... Actually shame on crupt politicians and their facilitators.
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PH Randhawa Nov 29, 2023 10:25pm
What a shame, justice has been served, this is THERE world and we’re living in it
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Shaukat Unkil Nov 29, 2023 10:25pm
@Nasir, oh boy are you in for a rude awakening.
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May Nov 29, 2023 11:35pm
What rubbish. You do wrong and still get acquitted. But Imran Khan will not get acquitted. Hypocrisy at its highest.
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zh Nov 30, 2023 01:27am
Nawaz Sharif's acquittal is neither surprising nor newsworthy; the decision was a foregone conclusion. Judges in Pakistan do not make decisions in light of rules, laws or evidence but according to the whim of the establishment and powerful. Unfortunately, the morals of the judiciary are no better than those of an alley's cat.
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zh Nov 30, 2023 01:28am
Do Avenfield apartment exist?
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Parvez Nov 30, 2023 11:57am
@Shaukat Unkil, ....he obviously was being sarcastic. If not, then he certainly is in for a rude surprise.
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Parvez Nov 30, 2023 11:59am
@zh, ...... absolute SPOT ON comment.
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