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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday acquitted former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia reference, Aaj News reported.

A two-member bench comprising IHC Chief Justice (CJ) Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb announced the verdict soon after it was reserved.

The reference was related to Nawaz being unable to justify the source of the funds provided to set up Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment (HME) in Saudi Arabia.

Earlier, the IHC had said that it would hear Nawaz Sharif’s petition against his conviction in the Al-Azizia reference on merit.

The bench rejected the National Accountability Bureau (NAB)’s request to send case back to the accountability court.

After today’s verdict, PML-N supremo has now been acquitted in the two graft cases against him: Al-Azizia and Avenfield.

The same court has acquitted Nawaz in the Avenfield reference on November 29.

In 2018, Nawaz was sentenced to ten 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.

In October this year, Nawaz returned to Pakistan after obtaining protective bail in both graft cases and surrendered before the court, after which his appeals were restored.

Reacting to the today’s judgement by the IHC, former prime minister and Nawaz’s brother, Shehbaz Sharif said, “The sham cases created to disqualify a sitting Prime Minister are finally meeting their fate”.

“The 7 years wasted were not just a personal loss but a loss of development and prosperity of Pakistan,” Shehbaz wrote in a post on X.

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Anila Qadri Dec 12, 2023 04:28pm
What a sad day for the country as IHC has cross all its limit to facilitate Nawaz Sharif who was certified thief from supreme court. What a country we are living.
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Faisal Waheed Dec 12, 2023 04:44pm
How can common person get justice in this unjustice society where judiciary works as a puppets.
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Parvez Dec 12, 2023 05:26pm
Can a lower court acquit someone convicted by the Supreme Court ? If this is so, why do we have a Supreme Court ?
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Johnny Walker Dec 12, 2023 05:27pm
Ha ha. How predictable. Money money money. Everything can be purchased.
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Twain pen di Dec 12, 2023 06:58pm
why didn't the court send the acquital directly to nawaz in london? smokescreen of justice.
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Rizwan Dec 12, 2023 07:19pm
NS was sentenced by Supreme court. How Islamabad High Court has authority to outtern SC verdict? Superme court recently announced that appeal cannot be granter to previously issued verdict. How NS has got bail and after acquittal from both cases is BLACK DAY for this country and constitution.
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zh Dec 12, 2023 09:45pm
The establishment with its engineering destroyed the constitution, judiciary, respect for the armed forces, popular mandate, free and fair elections. Likely, the perpetrators are not yet done.
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zh Dec 12, 2023 09:47pm
Aamer Farooq is a known entity, well known for his biases and partial judgements and not for justice.
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Actual Truth Dec 12, 2023 11:08pm
Its just said that we have sunk to this level and all our institutions from Judiciary to our Establishment especially the top leadership are not only culpable in this but are actually the facilitators and instigators. There was time when we had at least one respected institution but now its reputation has hit rock bottom because of its own leadership's shameful shenanigans. As far as the Sharif family is concerned they have always been spineless and shameless dacoits, who treat Pakistan as their fiefdom and will continue to do so. The ironic thing is that our Judiciary and Establishment bend our backwards to serve their interests and therefore their thuggishness is further solidified.
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Alias Dec 12, 2023 11:13pm
What a shameful drama, pathetic.
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