The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday postponed hearing of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s appeal against conviction in the Al Aziziz corruption reference till October 7.
A two-member bench, comprising Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Raza Kiyani heard the appeal filed by Nawaz Sharif. The court also heard an appeal filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), requesting an extension in Nawaz’s sentence.
During the hearing, Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris asked the court for a verified copy of a press statement and an affidavit released by accountability judge Arshad Malik, who had convicted Nawaz in the Al Azizia reference, after a controversial video of the judge surfaced.
The bench said that both items had been included in the file that was provided to Khawaja Haris. The court remarked that evidence provided by NAB as well as Nawaz’s counsel had been included in the file and told Haris to tally the documents of the paper book with his own record.
Earlier, in a major development in Accountability Court judge Arshad Malik’s video scandal case, two leading audio video forensic firms have authenticated the audios, videos and transcripts of judge Arshad Malik’s videos and audios for Pakistan courts, sources said.
According to credible sources, the two digital forensic expert firms, working separately, have confirmed in their notes addressed to Pakistani courts that the videos and audios made by Nasir Butt are genuine, original and the contents have not been tampered with or altered at any stage.
PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz on July 6 came out with explosive claims regarding the trial that led to her father, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, being convicted and sentenced to prison, saying the entire judicial process was severely compromised. The video clip was played at the joint press conference led by senior PML-N leadership revealed a meeting between a party worker [Nasir Butt] and the accountability judge.
The court had sentenced Nawaz Sharif for seven years imprisonment and two heavy fines of billions of rupees. But court acquitted him in Flagship reference. Nawaz Sharif was arrested from court room by NAB authorities and sent him to prison.
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