ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has declared former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a fugitive in Azizia and Avonfield references.
A bench of Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani in the Islamabad High Court heard the appeals of PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif against his conviction in Azizia and Avonfield references.
Nawaz Sharif did not appear despite the advertisement summons while Foreign Office Director Europe Mubashir Khan recorded his statement in the court. Deputy Attorney General Tayyab Shah took an oath to tell the truth to the witness.
Witness Mubashir Khan told the court that he had received Nawaz Sharif’s advertisements from this court. He had sent the advertisements from the Foreign Office to the Pakistan High Commission in London.
He said that the Pakistan High Commission replied to the Foreign Office on November 9, informing Nawaz Sharif about the compliance of advertisements through Royal Mail and receiving a certified copy of compliance with advertisements through Royal Mail on November 30. ۔
After the completion of the statement of Foreign Office Officer Mubashir Khan, the court made the documents presented by the Director Europe Foreign Office Mubashir Khan part of the court record.
Advertisements are carried out in Jati Umra and Model Town: FIA officer
FIA officer Ijaz Ahmed, while recording his statement, told the court that a team was formed by the FIA Punjab under his leadership. Advertisements against Nawaz Sharif were carried out in Jati Umra and Model Town Lahore. When they went to Nawaz Sharif’s house in Model Town, security staff was present there.
Ejaz Ahmed said that the security staff was informed about the advertisements against Nawaz Sharif and was called out loudly. On the same day, the team went to the house of Nawaz Sharif’s relatives and repeated the same operation. The FIA team also took pictures of the operation which are part of the record.
After the statement of witness Ijaz Ahmed was completed, another FIA officer Tariq Masood also recorded his statement in the court.
Justice Amir Farooq remarked that we will issue the order keeping in view the evidence.
Dialogue between the court and the NAB prosecutor
Justice Amir Farooq while talking to NAB Prosecutor Jahanzeb Bharwana said that Bharwana Sahib what should we do next, there are two appeals of Nawaz Sharif and two appeals of NAB against Nawaz Sharif.
The judge further said that notice was being issued on the NAB’s appeal to increase the sentence, but no notice was issued on the flagship.
Jahanzeb Bharwana said that a miscellaneous petition has been filed in the appeal against former judge Arshad Malik, to which Justice Amir Farooq asked what should be done on the appeals.
The NAB prosecution sought dismissal of Nawaz Sharif’s appeals against the sentence on Azizia and Avonfield references, saying that Nawaz Sharif’s appeals should be rejected on merit.
Justice Amir Farooq said that not today but assist the court at the next hearing, present judicial precedents at the next hearing on what should be done about the appeal of the accused.
The conduct of Arshad Malik is also to be seen: Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani
NAB Prosecutor Jahanzeb Bharwana said that Nawaz Sharif could be sentenced separately for not surrendering before the court, to which Justice Amir Farooq said that if he could be convicted, the appeals could also be decided on merit. The appeals of Maryam Nawaz and Captain (retd) Safdar are also being heard next week. Should the appeals of Nawaz Sharif be fixed for hearing along with the same appeals?
Jahanzeb Bharwana said that the merits of the appeals of Maryam Nawaz and Captain (retd) Safdar are completely different, on which Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani remarked that the decision is in the same case but the case of both the appeals will be fully opened.
Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani said that this court also has to look into the conduct of Arshad Malik.
Even if the accused absconded, the court has to look into the law: Justice Amir Farooq
The NAB prosecutor said that Nawaz Sharif has filed a petition to produce five witnesses, the second petition has been filed by Nasir Butt and he is also a notorious accused on which the court said that Judge Arshad Malik also gave an affidavit that was made part of the record in administrative powers.
Justice Amir Farooq said that at the next hearing, the court should be told whether to look at various miscellaneous petitions or appeals first, while Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani said that there is a supervisory body on the special court of the High Court.
Justice Amir Farooq remarked that even if the accused absconded, the court has to look into the law.
The court, while declaring Nawaz Sharif a fugitive, said that a written verdict would be issued shortly.
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