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NAB submits reply in IHC on Sharifs’ plea for Avenfield verdict suspension

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Saturday submitted its reply with the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on the pleas of former premier Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain (retd) Safdar seeking suspension of the verdict in the Avenfield properties reference.
In its written, clause-wise reply, the NAB requested the court to declare the pleas non-maintainable and turn them down. The document, comprising 11 pages, was submitted by the anti-graft body’s deputy prosecutor general.
The NAB also raised objections to suspension of sentences handed to Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law. It said the anti-graft body was not initially made a party in the pleas.
The NAB proved charges against the accused, while the accountability court also detailed reasons for sentencing in its verdict, the reply read.
It said that apparently there is no weakness or legal flaw in the accountability court verdict, noting that the appeals against the verdict are already fixed for hearing after the summer break.
The reply read that after the presentation of evidence by the prosecution, the burden of proof was on the accused.
It added that the accused did not present anything in their defence.
Nawaz, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar, were convicted by accountability judge Mohammad Bashir in Avenfield reference on July 6.
The Sharifs had challenged their convictions in the IHC, highlighting the legal flaws in the Avenfield case judgment and asking for the accountability court’s verdict to be declared null and void, and the three convicts be released on bail.