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Sentence Suspension of Sharifs, SC To Resume Hearing Today

Islamabad (November 06, 2018): Supreme Court will hold the hearing against sentence suspension of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain (R) Safdar today.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan will resume hearing of a petition filed by the NAB challenging suspension of prison terms of Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and Capt (R) Safdar in a corruption reference.

According to details, a three-member Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will hear the petition.
Earlier on October 24, National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) special prosecutor began his arguments in the corruption watchdog’s appeal challenging the order of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for suspension of the jail terms awarded to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and retired Capt Mohammad Safdar in the Avenfield reference.

As the hearing began, NAB special prosecutor Akram Qureshi explained to the apex court bench the basic facts and developments in the case.

“According to the NAB Ordinance’s Section 9(b), the options of writ had been abolished,” he said. “The clauses related to bail and punishments had been eliminated.”

Qureshi argued that “the writ is permissible only in hard circumstances,” adding that “the high court had not mentioned any such hardships in its judgment.”Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar noted that “there may not be another judgement on the suspension of sentences” that is 43 pages long.

“Show me another such judgement that exceeds more than a page and a half,” he said.

The special prosecutor concurred with the chief justice’s observation, adding: “Sir, in my career I have never seen this long a judgment on the suspension of sentences. Ask someone wise, and maybe [you] would find another instance.”

Qureshi also questioned the basis on which the IHC had used the “hardship” principle.“The principle of hardship is adopted either in extremely severe cases of ailments whose treatment may not be possible in jail or cases where appeals had not been filed in years,” the prosecutor claimed.

The court issued notices to Nawaz and Maryam, with the chief justice remarking about retired Capt Mohammad Safdar that “his sentence is brief; we will see the rest”.

The hearing was adjourned until November 6.

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