New petition cites ‘simple and clear facts’ that came to light after judgment and sentence were handed down in 2018
Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) Vice President Maryam Nawaz filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday seeking the reversal of the verdict against her in the Avenfield Apartment case.
In 2018, a liability court convicted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and her husband Captain (retired) Mohammad Safdar in the Avenfield Apartment case, sentencing them to prison terms of 10 , seven and one years, respectively, for owning property beyond his means. Their sentences were suspended later that year with the IHC on appeals, with all three granted bail.
According to a copy of the new petition, Maryam is seeking the quashing of the sentence in light of “certain extremely relevant, simple and clear facts which have come to light after the pronouncement of judgment and sentence”. Claiming that these facts were “fairly well known”, the petition says they are brought to the attention of the IHC so that it can decide the matter “promptly, justly, fairly and in accordance with the law”.
Following the submission, the IHC Registrar’s Office raised two objections to the new application, saying the same plea had been made in his main appeal against his conviction. He also said no new grounds could be accepted for the appeal without the court’s permission. During Wednesday’s court proceedings, the IHC dismissed the objections and set the appeal for a hearing on October 13.
Maryam’s application says the proceedings that resulted in her conviction were a “classic example of outright violations of the law and political engineering unparalleled in the history of Pakistan”. Referring to a speech by former IHC judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui in which he alleged that the nation’s top intelligence agency was involved in manipulating court proceedings, the petition claims that he stated that ” ISI officials had approached the Chief Justice to ask him to ensure that Nawaz and her daughter should not be released on bail before the elections.
The petition also notes that the Supreme Court had “oversaw the entire process of investigating the case and overseeing the prosecution,” saying filing three separate citations in the case was a violation of law. He says that “the role of the highest court in the Constitution is neither that of investigator nor that of prosecutor”, adding that the NAB is required to conduct all investigations with transparency.
Urging the court to consider these circumstances, Maryam also referred to a leaked video of liability judge Arshad Malik in which he alleged he was ‘pressured and blackmailed’ to convict Nawaz Sharif in the dismissal. in Al-Azizia.
In a series of posts on Twitter, Maryam said the media had “for reasons known to all” not highlighted the main topics of her candidacy. “The summary is that the case/verdict against me was pre-planned, orchestrated and influenced by General Faiz Hameed, then DG [counter-intelligence]she said of the outgoing chief of interagency intelligence. “It also shows how individuals [such] while General Faiz Hameed not only violates the sanctity of their oath but also in doing so brings a bad name to the revered institution of the armed forces which consequently has to bear the brunt of personal ambitions,” he said. she adds.