NAB moves IHC for cancellation of Maryam, Safdar bails

Wednesday, Oct 13, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed a petition in Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday seeking cancellation of bails of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz and her husband Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar in Avenfield case.

The petition alleged that Maryam had misused the bail facility and had been involved in hate speeches against the anti-graft watchdog, saying: “Even the NAB office was attacked by the activists when the accused were summoned by the Lahore’s NAB office”.

Such conduct of the accused could also build pressure on the prosecution witnesses, it said, adding the PML-N leader used to make a political show at every hearing and stuffed the courtroom with her party activists and supporters.

“The accused turns the courtroom into press club by giving interviews to journalists and vloggers, and after hearings she holds press conferences and gives comments against high ranking officials and NAB,” it said.

It further said the accountability court had handed 10-year imprisonment to former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif with eight million pounds fine, seven-year jail term to Maryam along with two million pounds fine and one year imprisonment sentence to her husband Capt (retd) Safdar on July 6, 2018 in Avenfield property reference.

According to the petition, Sharif and Maryam were given one year each extra imprisonment sentence under schedule-II. Sharif was given a total of 11 years sentence, while his daughter was awarded a total of eight years jail term by the trial court.

They were also disqualified from holding any public office and the court also ordered confiscation of the Avenfield apartments.

The accountability court had also declared Sharif’s sons Hassan and Hussain as proclaimed offenders in Avenfield apartment reference and issued their non-bailable arrest warrants on their non-appearance in the court.

The petition said Maryam and her husband’s appeals against their convictions were still pending with the IHC, adding: “The accused had requested adjournments for five times in last eight hearings before IHC bench”.

The IHC had suspended their sentence on September 19, 2018 on their appeals. The NAB petition prayed the court to cancel the bails of Maryam and her husband Capt Safdar in Avenfield reference.

It may be mentioned here that a division bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani would take up the appeals of Maryam and Capt Safdar on Wednesday (today) for hearing. The PML-N leader had filed a separate petition seeking her acquittal in Avenfiled property reference under fresh grounds.

The NAB had previously requested the bench to decide the appeals of Maryam and Capt Safdar within one month by conducting daily hearing “as they have been deliberately using delaying tactics”.