Avenfield Reference verdict decision delayed for fifth time until 4:30 pm
*ISLAMABAD - Accountability court judge Muhammad Bashir has arrived at the courtroom to read out the ruling in the Avenfield corruption reference.*
*However the decision has been delayed till 4:30 pm.*
He summoned the lawyers of both NAB, which is the prosecution in the case, and the Sharif family. He has begun reading the order.
The time of the ruling was first changed from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. At 2:30pm, the court said the ruling will be issued at 3pm. At 3pm, the court said the verdict will be issued at 3:30pm.
On the other hand, a large number of PML-N workers have gathered outside the accountability court.
At 11am, Bashir rejected Mr Sharif’s plea to reserve the verdict in the Avenfield corruption reference and said the ruling will be announced at 12:30pm.
The judge arrived at the Federal Judicial Complex at 9:35am on Friday. He heard Mr Sharif’s request to delay the verdict and earlier reserved his decision for an hour.
Lawyer Amjad Pervaiz requested the court to delay the verdict for a week. The former PM has not mentioned a date for his return in his application. The lawyer also presented a medical certificate of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz dated July 3 before the court.