• SC dismisses NAB appeal against suspension of Sharifs’ Avenfield sentence

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    former premier Nawaz Sharif and Maryum Nawaz File photo former premier Nawaz Sharif and Maryum Nawaz

    The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday dismissed the National Accountability Bureau’s appeal against the suspension of the Sharif family’s sentences in the Avenfield reference.

    A five-member bench led by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel heard the appeal.

    NAB had approached the apex court after the Islamabad High Court, on September 19, suspended sentences of former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar in the Avenfield corruption reference and ordered their release.

    The Sharifs had petitioned IHC against the Avenfield verdict, after an accountability court on July 6 convicted Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar in the Avenfield properties reference and sentenced them to 11 years, eight years and one year, respectively, in prison.

    The Sharif family had filed appeals for the Avenfield verdict to be overturned on July 16.

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