Cabinet expected to reverse Nawaz's jail-trial decision today

ISLAMABAD: The caretaker federal cabinet is expected to reverse the decision to conduct corruption proceedings against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif inside Adiala jail.
Nawaz was sent to jail last week after his conviction in the Avenfield properties reference following which a notification was issued ordering the trial of the remaining two corruption references against him inside the jail premises.
The agenda of the cabinet meeting, to be chaired by Interim Prime Minister Justice (retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk, includes the matter of reversing the notification issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice.
Other matters to be discussed in the cabinet meeting, expected to start around 11am, include a briefing on the country’s security situation.
The cabinet is also expected to approve a pay cut in salaries of government employees for contribution in the Supreme Court’s fund for the Diamer-Bhasha Dam.
Moreover, the cabinet is expected to approve exemption from federal taxes of areas previously included in the federal and provincially administered tribal areas.

At present, the accountability court hearing the corruption cases against the former premier is waiting for directions from the Islamabad High Court (IHC) where Nawaz has challenged his conviction as well as sought a transfer of the cases to another judge.

The proceedings took place at the Federal Judicial Complex and not inside the jail. Nawaz’s aide Senator Pervaiz Rasheed had also criticised the fact that Nawaz was not brought for the hearing.

Hearing the matter, the IHC had issued notices to the National Accountability Bureau on all the pleas and adjourned the hearing till the last week of July.

The accountability court will resume hearing the Al Azizia reference today.