ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz Monday are all set to challenge the accountability court’s Avenfield verdict against them in Islamabad High Court (IHC).
On Friday, Nawaz and Maryam were sentenced 10 and eight years in jail and fined million and £2-million fines, respectively, in relation to the Avenfield reference, filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Moreover, Nawaz’s son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar was sentenced to one-year in the prison.
According to the sources, all three family members have given power of attorney to Khawaja Haris-Nawaz’s counsel during NAB references in the accountability court-who will file the appeals on Monday.
LONDON FLATS CONFISCATION:
Following the verdict, the federal government was directed to confiscate the London properties of the Sharifs. When a reporter asked her to comment on the order, Maryam responded that the court cannot confiscate their London properties as no law had been violated in the United Kingdom.
“In fact, let the court move British government against us, the investigations by them would make things clear.”
“Due process will be implied against the court’s decision,” said Maryam, claiming that the institutions in the UK have already told the Pakistani authorities that no illegality was carried out.”
NAWAZ, MARYAM TO RETURN TO PAKISTAN ON FRIDAY 13th:
Furthermore, Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, on Saturday announced that she and her father will return to Pakistan on Friday, July 13, rejecting speculations that the father-daughter duo will not return to the country anytime soon.
Speaking to reporters in London, the former first daughter chided the accountability court for delivering a verdict based on ‘assumptions’ besides criticising the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for targeting the Sharifs.
She further said that consultation was underway against the decision and their lawyers were looking at the matter from different angles. When asked whether she had been informed by her lawyers that they need to surrender themselves within 10 days to get any sort of relief, she said: “We will go back before that [10 days] anyway.”