ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday decided to hear both petitions submitted by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif today. A notice has also been issued to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case.
A divisional bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani heard the plea submitted by the incarcerated premier for taking back first petition seeking suspension of sentence in Al-Azizia verdict.
The court remarked that withdrawal of plea was right of petitioner, while a notice was issued to the anti-corruption watchdog.
Earlier on Monday, Nawaz Sharif’s counsel Khawaja Harris appeared in the court where he asked the bench to review legal complications after taking back first petition.
The first petition stated that verdict given by the accountability court was based on misunderstanding as the provided evidences were not read out in appropriate perspective. It was also stated that the court pronounced the verdict without listening arguments of the accused person.
The second petition was filed by Nawaz’s lawyer on January 26 seeking his release on medical grounds. It was stated that health condition of the former premier was unsatisfactory as he was suffering from cardiac and kidney diseases. The court was pleaded to approve bail plea of the former premier before pronouncement of verdicts in appeals in Al-Aziadia and Flagship references.