Infostani Sources- The Islamabad High Court has acquitted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Avenfield reference and nullified the punishment that the accountability court had imposed. NAB withdrew the appeal against the decision to acquit Nawaz Sharif in the flagship reference. “The court adjourned the hearing on the appeal against the sentence in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference.” Chief Justice Amir Farooq and Justices Gul Hasan and Nagzeeb of the Islamabad High Court heard Nawaz Sharif’s appeal against the 10-year prison sentence in the Avenfield reference.
Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer, Amjad Parvez Advocate, asserted that the prosecution needed to demonstrate how they generated income and specify the value of the assets at the time of acquisition. The prosecution needed to present a comparison between the income and the value of the assets, showing that the value of the assets exceeded the income. The prosecution first had to establish the accused as a public office holder, followed by proving the dependents and benamidars.
NAB failed to prove any of the allegations against Nawaz Sharif. NAB also had to establish that Nawaz Sharif paid for the purchase of the properties and prove whether the property was occupied by him or the benamidar. The burden of these matters never shifts to an affirmative defense. The Panama judgment, JIT report, NAB investigation report, and reference or charge did not determine the value of Avenfield Apartments. There is no oral or documentary evidence indicating that Nawaz Sharif ever owned these properties.
Legal Twists: Nawaz Sharif Acquitted Amidst Controversy
The lawyer asserted that Wajid Zia himself acknowledged the lack of evidence establishing Nawaz Sharif’s connection with the properties. The Accountability Court, according to the lawyer, based former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s sentence on assumption. The presentation included various court decisions, including the acquittal of Maryam Nawaz, as references. Justices Mian Gul Hasan and Nagzeeb remarked that the court determined that proving all four elements for benami is not necessary; failing to prove even one excludes the property from the benami category. The court questioned the binding nature of the referenced court decisions, asking why they were in session if these decisions were conclusive.
The NAB prosecutor argued that the Supreme Court’s decision prompted the filing of the references. In response, Justice Mian Gul Hassan stated, ‘We understand that the NAB had no compulsion to file the reference’. Amjad Parvez Advocate highlighted that NAB did not appeal Maryam Nawaz’s acquittal decision, rendering it final. After considering the arguments, the court, in a concise decision. Accepted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s appeal, declaring the accountability court’s punishment null and void and acquitting him.
Key Events: Former PM Nawaz Sharif’s Acquittal and Reaction
Notably, on July 6, 2018, the Islamabad Accountability Court’s Judge Haj Muhammad Bashir sentenced Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison. Also imposed an £80,000 fine in the Avenfield reference. Maryam Nawaz and Captain Safdar had already been acquitted in this case. Additionally, the Islamabad High Court. Dismissed the appeal against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s acquittal in NAB’s flagship reference based on withdrawal. While adjourning the hearing on the appeal against the conviction in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference.
Reacting to the acquittal, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he entrusted matters to Allah, and Allah has taken the lead. He commented on the fabrication of these cases when asked about Barrister Gauhar’s nomination for the PTI Chairman post. Stating that it’s the system of nature. During his appearance at Islamabad High Court, Nawaz Sharif sat on his seat, actively reviewing the court proceedings. League leaders and lawyers congratulated him upon the verdict announcement.
Joyous Scenes as Former PM Nawaz Sharif Acquitted: Celebrations and Gratitude Across PML-N
Outside the court, PML-N supporters, lawyers, and activists shouted slogans, exchanging congratulations and showering flower petals on Nawaz Sharif. Former Federal Prime Minister Nazir Tarar emphasized that the decision, declaring it a victory of merit, was made on merit. PML-N Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz, at her relative’s residence in Model Town, received news of her father’s acquittal. She promptly offered Nawafal of gratitude, calling her father to convey congratulations. Maryam Nawaz highlighted that Nawaz Sharif had left his case to Allah Almighty, and now justice has been served. Later, Nawaz Sharif flew from Islamabad to Lahore on a private plane.
Maryam Nawaz welcomed her father at the Old Terminal, and they departed for Jati Amra. PML-N workers celebrated Nawaz Sharif’s acquittal, distributing sweets. Muslim League (N) Lahore President Malik Saiful Mulok Khokhar and General Secretary Khawaja Imran Nazir distributed sweets and raised slogans of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. In Rawalpindi and Islamabad, League workers distributed sweets and offered Nawafl to express gratitude.
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