ISLAMABAD: An accountability court is scheduled to announce today its verdict in the Avenfield properties reference against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and members of his family.
Judge Muhammad Bashir will announce the judgment which he had reserved on July 3 after hearing final arguments from the defence and prosecution sides.
He will also take up an application filed by Mr. Sharif seeking a seven-day postponement of the verdict in the case.
The Sharifs’ lawyer filed the application, stating that the ex-PM wanted to hear the judgment while standing in the courtroom with his people whom he wanted to hold as witnesses.
He said Mr. Sharif and his daughter traveled to London on June 14 for tending to ailing wife Kulsoom Nawaz, who is undergoing cancer treatment there. Upon arrival in London, they discovered that she suffered a cardiac arrest and was put on a ventilator.
He said the former premier wanted to return to Pakistan if his wife had recovered sufficiently.
Not only is delay in the interest of justice, but in consonance with the spirit and requirement of Section 366 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1989, the counsel argued.
He pleaded that the announcement of the order in the reference be postponed for a minimum period of seven days so that Mr. Sharif and his daughter could return home.