Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Fmr. Pakistani PM Sharif appears before accountability court

Fmr. Pakistani PM Sharif appears before accountability court

Nawaz Sharif and his sons Hussain and Hasan are accused in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar are named in the Avenfield reference only. This gave impression that permission was given for broadcasting anti-judiciary speeches, he stated.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf termed the ban on anti-judiciary speeches of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and other Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders as a right decision.

The court also rejected an application filed by AK Dogar advocate on behalf of Sharif requesting that Justice Naqvi recuse himself from the full bench. "The judges acted as lawyers of Imran Khan and they were party against Nawaz Sharif". This will be the 11th hearing of this case in the Accountability court, where after Nawaz Sharif's defence, Maryam's counsel will be cross examining Wajid Zia.

"If they are not stopped they will continue attacking the judiciary, ? the petitioner said, requesting the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against the respondents under the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003, read with Article 204 of the Constitution".

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"A person dissatisfied at a verdict should file a review petition", he added. "Instead of taking action, Pemra sought advice from judiciary".

Subsequently, the court directed PEMRA to strictly monitor the speeches.

Munir Ahmad, Amna Malik and a number of other citizens had moved the court against contemptuous speeches by the PML-N.

Maryam's counsel Amjad Pervez is cross-examining Wajid Zia, an additional director at the Federal Investigation Agency who headed the joint investigation team (JIT) in the Panama Papers case. "In case of a live transmission, no one can predict what a speaker is going to say".

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