Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Justice Saqib Nisar on Tuesday, heard the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) appeal challenging the IHC decision of suspending the sentences of former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar in avenfield reference.
As hearing underway, CJP remarked that Islamabad High Court (IHC) had spoiled the national jurisprudence by suspending the Jail terms following corruption charges. He further said that he had never seen such a judgment like that of the IHC.
The CJP said, “Prima facie the IHC had spoiled the country’s jurisprudence by suspending an accountability court’s verdict in the corruption reference but now we have no other option but to suspend the IHC”s ruling.”
“Doctors have advised me rest but I am here keeping in view the importance of the case, as it is not a matter of an individual but a matter of principle. My life is for my the country and I will work for it ,” he remarked.
The apex court bench directed the Sharif family’s counsel to submit written arguments on the matter till November 12. The CJP observed that the IHC did not bother to look into the judicial precedents. Addressing Khawaja Haris, counsel for the Sharif family, asked to point out any ‘illegality in the accountability court’s verdict that could cause suspension of the sentence.’
Earlier NAB had appealed the supreme court challenging the jail terms suspension of Sharif’s in corruption charges.
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17 November, 2019