ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Tuesday filed a petition with the High Court here to overturn the verdict of a lower court sentencing her to one year from prison in a corruption case, claiming that the judgment was flawed.
The Court of Auditors in 2018 convicted Maryam, daughter of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in the Avenfield case over properties in London allegedly bought with bribery money.
Maryam’s husband Muhammad Safdar and Sharif were sentenced to seven and ten years in prison respectively.
They challenged the conviction in the High Court in Islamabad (IHC), which on September 18 of the same year suspended their sentence and ordered their release on bail.
Maryam, 47, filed a separate petition on Tuesday through her lawyer with the IHC, requesting that the original verdict be overturned by the audit court, saying the judgment was flawed.
In the petition, she said the conviction was a “classic example of gross violations of law and political engineering unprecedented in Pakistan’s history.”
However, the IHC Registrar raised two objections to the plea, claiming that it contained the same claim as made in the main motion already pending in court.
The registrar’s office further observed that the accused can only provide new grounds in the plea after leave of the court.
However, a special IHC chamber, comprising Judge Amir Farooq and Judge Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, will hear the plea as well as the objections raised by the registrar’s office on Thursday.
Three cases were filed against Nawaz Sharif and his family by the National Accountability Bureau following a Supreme Court ruling in 2017.
Maryam and Safdar were co-accused in the Avenfiled Apartments case, while Sharif and her sons were indicted in the Al Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship cases.
While his two sons, Hassan and Hussain, living in London, were declared at large, Sharif was sentenced to seven years in prison in the Al-Azizi cases and acquitted in the Flagship cases in December 2018.
Sharif, 71, has been living in London since November 2019 after the Lahore High Court granted him leave to travel abroad for four weeks for medical treatment.
His passport expired in February of this year.
Pakistan’s ruling government Tehreek-i-Insaf previously refused a request to issue a new diplomatic passport to him.