NAB seeks to block Maryam, Safdar’s pleas in Avenfield case

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By Ali Imran

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday filed a petition in Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking cancellation of bails of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s Vice President Maryam Nawaz and her husband Capt.(retd) Muhammad Safdar.
The petition said Maryam Nawaz had misused the bail facility and had been involved in hate speeches against the anti graft watchdog.
The plea stated ‘even the NAB office was attacked by the activists when the accused were summoned by the Lahore NAB office’. Such conduct of the accused could also build pressure on the prosecution witnesses, it added.
It said that accused Maryam Nawaz used to make a political show at every hearing and stuffed the courtroom with her party’s activists and supporters. The accused turns the courtroom in press club by giving interviews to journalists and vloggers, and after hearings she holds press conferences and gives comments against high rank officials and NAB.
It further said the accountability court had announced a 10 year imprisonment to former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif with eight million pounds fine, 7 year jail term to Maryam Nawaz along with two million pounds fine and one year imprisonment sentence to her husband Capt. (retd) Muhammad Safdar on July 6, 2018 in Avenfield property reference.
Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were announced one year each extra imprisonment sentence under schedule-II. Nawaz Sharif was announced a total of 11 years while his daughter was awarded a total of eight years jail term by the trial court. According to the decision, the sentences of the accused were supposed to be started together.
The accused were also disqualified for any public office and the court also ordered to confiscate the Avenfield apartments.
The court decision had also given the references of TV interview of Hussain Nawaz, Nawaz Sharif’s speech in National Assembly, report of joint investigation team (JIT) and verdicts of the Supreme Court.
The petition said the accountability court had also declared Hassan and Hussain Nawaz as proclaimed offender in avenfield apartment reference and issued their non bailable arrest warrants on disappearance from proceeding.
The court decision said Hussain Nawaz had admitted the ownership of apartments. Also according to the interview of Hassan Nawaz, the said property had been in their use. The detailed judgment said ‘Maryam Nawaz had become a tool to hide the wealth of her father.