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  • Maryam Nawaz appears before IHC in Avenfield review petition

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    PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz appeared before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday to attend a hearing of the Avenfield Apartments review petition.

    The IHC will hear appeals filed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and his son-in-law captain Muhammad Safdar against their conviction in the Avenfield reference.

    The entry of non-relevant persons, including PML-N workers and supporters, will not be allowed inside the courtroom. Party workers will be kept away from the IHC building.

    Maryam briefly stopped at Bara Kahu where a large number of PML-N workers had gathered to welcome her.

    The petition is expected to be taken up by the court by 11:30am.

    Maryam's father, former prime minister Nawaz, had sought exemption from attending the hearing, while Maryam and Safdar had filed a request for adjournment. All three — Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar — are out on bail in the case.

    In July 2018, PML-N supremo Nawaz had been sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison and slapped with an £8 million fine (Rs1.3 billion) in the Avenfield properties reference while Maryam was sentenced to eight years with a £2 million fine (Rs335 million).

    The Avenfield properties reference was one of three filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) the preceding year in light of the Supreme Court's verdict against Nawaz in the Panama Papers case. The reference pertained to the ownership of the Sharif family's apartments at Avenfield House, London.

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