Caretaker Cabinet to decide on Sharif's trial in jail

Caretaker Cabinet to decide on Sharif's trial in jail

ISLAMABAD: The caretaker cabinet will decide on Wednesday about the trial of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and members of his family in the two pending cases including the Al-Azizia and Flagship references against them.

Caretaker PM Justice (r) Nasirul Mulk will preside over a federal cabinet session at Prime Minister’s House. In the cabinet meeting, the nine-point agenda will be presented. The cabinet will also discuss security, law and order, transparency of elections, measures against money-laundering and Financial Action Task Force (FATF) conditions at the session.

In the meeting, the matter related to discussed about Pakistan was placed on the grey list over allegations of terror financing. The caretaker cabinet will also discuss about deduction of the salaries for Construction of Basha and Mohmand dams. The cabinet is expected to meet at 11:00pm.

The cabinet will take up to trial of Sharif family in the two pending cases against them. It is expected to undo its previous decision to hold the Sharif family’s trial behind the closed doors. If the caretaker cabinet decides against holding the trials in jail, the cases against Nawaz Sharif and his family will be heard in an open court.

Earlier, the government had issued a notification to conduct trial of the Sharif family members in the two NAB cases in jail. However, the Sharif’s lawyer has challenged the decision to hold jail trial. The Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif as the prime minister in 2017 due to the Panama Papers case. The court ordered NAB to file three corruption references against Sharif and his family.

The Accountability Court has sentenced the family in one of the three references – Avenfield. Nawaz was awarded 11 years in jail and his daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, was awarded eight. Maryam’s husband, Capt (r) Safdar was also handed a one-year sentence in the case. All three are currently in jail. They have appealed against the decision.