The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) moves a new petition in the Islamabad High Court (SHC) against Maryam Nawaz and Capt (retd) Safdar. It sought cancellation of the bail granted to Maryam Nawaz and her husband in the Avenfield Apartment reference.
According to NAB, Maryam Nawaz and her husband “deliberately and maliciously” misused the bail concession. Therefore, it pleaded with the court to rescind the bail of the PML-N leader and her husband.
A two-judge bench comprising will take up appeals of Maryam and Safdar against their conviction in the case tomorrow (Wednesday).
In 2017, NAB filed four references in the accountability court against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family. NAB named his two sons, his daughter Maryam Nawaz, son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar, and Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar.
As a result, Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, and her husband received jail terms of 10, seven, and one year, respectively.
In 2018 Accountability Court had convicted the trio in the Avenfield Apartment reference and handed them jail terms of 10, seven and one years, respectively, for owning assets beyond known sources of income@WeAreVOIK pic.twitter.com/WDfr5IqtYU
— Maham_6 (@Mahi_136) October 12, 2021
Accusations against ISI officials
A week ago, Maryam Nawaz filed a petition with the High Court. She sought annulment of the verdict in the Avenfield corruption reference.
Consequently, Maryam stated in her application that the entire proceedings that resulted in her conviction were a violation of the law.
“Classic example of outright violations of law and political engineering hitherto unheard of in the history of Pakistan,” she said so.
classic example of how political victimisation in Pak is carried out at the cost of judiciary, constitution & law. https://t.co/Mjfu9VisBY
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) October 5, 2021
She also attached a reference to the speech made by former IHC judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui at the District Bar Association. In that speech, dated July 21, 2018, he claimed that the country’s top intelligence agency manipulated judicial proceedings.
“The ISI officials approached the chief justice asking him to make sure Nawaz and his daughter should not be bailed before the elections,” reads an excerpt from ex-judge Siddiqui’s speech.
In addition, Maryam said the media did not highlight the core subject of her petition submitted to the IHC.
“The Media for reasons known to everyone has not highlighted the core subject of my application submitted,” she tweeted later.
“The summary of which is that the case/verdict against me was pre-planned, orchestrated, and influenced by Gen Faiz Hameed, the then DG [counter-intelligence],” she further added.