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IHC to hear Nawaz Sharif’s plea in Al Azizia case today

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday will take up former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s plea against sentence awarded to him in the Al Azizia corruption reference.

A two-member bench of the IHC comprising Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiani will hear the plea.

The erstwhile prime minister in his plea filed in the court has pleaded to strike down the sentence awarded to him in the Al Azizia reference, as the accountability court has announced its verdict in the reference, without taking his stance.

Khawaja Haris, counsel of the former PM, filed an appeal with the IHC seeking early hearing into the petition. The petition reads: “The writ petition no. 32/2019 pertains to the suspension of sentence of the appellant and his release on bail pending final decision of the titled Appeal. It is requested that the writ petition be fixed at an early date.”

He further said that transparent trial was the right of every Pakistani.

The accountability court judge Muhammad Arshad Malik on Dec 24 had sentenced Sharif to seven years in prison in the Al-Azizia reference case.

It may be recalled that Nawaz Sharif handed himself over back to the Kot Lakhpat jail authorities as his bail given on medical grounds by the Supreme Court had expired on May  7.

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