A desperate National Accountability Bureau on Saturday literally begged the Islamabad High Court that the petitions filed by deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband Captain (retd) Safdar the suspension of Avenfield properties reference verdict are not maintainable and should, therefore, be dismissed with costs. “NAB begs with all humility that the instant writ petition is not maintainable before this Hon’able Division Bench,” Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi stated in one of the para-wise comments filed against Sharifs’ petitions before the IHC.
Interestingly, the NAB prosecutor said Sharifs’ were convicted in the Avenfield Apartments’ reference by the accountability court on July 6 on the basis of “conclusive presumption”. “The irrebutable and conclusive presumption for the purpose of establishing conviction has been essentially adhered [to] by the Learned Accountability Court,” he stated.
Subsequently, he stated, the judgment in lieu of the circumstances of the case does not merit to be suspended.
While raising objection on the formation of the division bench, Abbasi said the division bench formed to hear the writ petition is the sole prerogative of the high court’s chief justice but the petitioner is required to make such a request to the chief justice.