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NAB refuses to challenge Maryam Nawaz’s acquittal in Avenfield reference

The NAB Rawalpindi chapter has accepted the acquittal of Maryam Nawaz and her husband Captain (retired) Safdar Awan in Avenfield reference.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided against challenging the acquittal of PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz and her husband Captain Safdar in the Avenfield reference.

According to the details, the NAB Rawalpindi chapter has accepted the acquittal of Maryam Nawaz and her husband Captain (retired) Safdar Awan in Avenfield reference. DG NAB Rawalpindi, Farmanullah gave the approval for the acquittal.

In September, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) acquitted PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif and her husband Captain (retd) Safdar in the Avenfield reference.

A two-member bench, comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, presided over today’s hearing. Maryam Nawaz had filed an appeal against her seven years imprisonment sentence in the case.

The IHC had reserved its verdict and during its hearing in September announced to nullify the sentence awarded to Maryam Nawaz by an accountability court.

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Justice Farooq said no document had been presented so far that could be linked to the properties of Maryam and Nawaz Sharif. Meanwhile, Justice Kayani observed that on the basis of documents, NAB had prepared the entire case against Maryam, adding that the property is in a daughter’s name did not necessarily mean that it was owned by the father.

In 2018, NAB ousted Nawaz Sharif for owning properties beyond his known income and for one year for not cooperating with NAB. As per the sentence, Nawaz Sharif will serve 10 years in jail.

Maryam Nawaz on the other hand was given seven years for abetment. She was found “instrumental in concealment of the properties of her father” and one year for non-cooperation with the bureau. Captain Safdar was awarded one year’s jail term.

As per the recent development, PML-N has also decided to challenge former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s sentence in the Avenfield reference.

Read more: Victory for PML-N as Maryam Nawaz, Capt Safdar acquitted in Avenfield case