IHC acquits Maryam Nawaz and her husband Capt. Safdar in Edenfield reference

 Maryam Nawaz was convicted  in Avenfield reference in 2018 by a NAB court alongside with her father and husband

In a big relief for PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz and PML-N, Islamabad High Court acquitted both Maryam and her husband Captain (retd) Safdar in Avenfield corruption reference. IHC also set aside the seven years sentenced handed over to her by accountability court. IHC accepted Maryam's appeal against the conviction. 

 An accountability court convicted her Avenfield case and sentenced her for seven years imprisonment in July 2018. Finally her conviction is overturned by the IHC today after nearly 4 years. It is big legal victory of PML-N and Sharif family. With this acquittal, Maryam Nawaz become eligible to contest the elections. Now she can even lead the party as president. 

A two-member bench, comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, presided over today’s hearing during which the court heard arguments from both sides. The IHC said that NAB has failed to prove its case against Maryam Nawaz.

At the outset of the hearing, Maryam’s lawyer Amjad Pervaiz and NAB prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi appeared before the court.

On July 6, a few weeks before the general elections in 2018, the accountability judge of Islamabad, who was working under the supervision of an apex court judge, convicted the Sharif family in the Avenfield apartment reference.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was handed 10 years as jail time for owning assets beyond known income and one year for not cooperating with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Meanwhile, Maryam was given 7 years for abetment after she was found “instrumental in concealment of the properties of her father” and one year for non-cooperation with the bureau.

Safdar was given one year jail time for not cooperating with NAB, and aiding and abetting Nawaz and Maryam.

Nawaz Sharif and Maryam was imprisoned before the 2018 elections when they returned back from UK. Later, IHC released both of them on bail after serving few months jail term. 


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