ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Accountability Court on Friday rejected a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) application for legal proceedings against Maryam Nawaz, daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, for presenting a bogus trust deed in the Avenfield properties case.
The court had issued summons for Maryam Nawaz on July 9 after NAB moved an application before accountability judge Mohammad Bashir. Judge Bashir today returned the petition, saying it was not maintainable on the basis of the fact that Maryam already has an appeal pending against the Avenfield properties verdict filed in the Islamabad High Court.
During arguments, NAB’s Deputy Prosecutor presented his argument that when the verdict in the case was presented, the bench had said that the matter of the use of fake documents would be looked at separately. In response, Maryam’s lawyer retorted saying NAB only had 30 days to appeal the matter, but the bureau had taken more than a year to do so. “It may be late, but it is [the] right [thing to do],” Abbasi responded.
After hearing the arguments, the accountability judge dismissed NAB’s application and said that the matter could not be taken further until the high court decides Maryam’s pending petition.