IHC raises concerns over Maryam Nawaz punishment in NAB Avenfield reference

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IHC raises concerns over Maryam Nawaz punishment in NAB Avenfield reference

ISLAMABAD – Islamabad High Court (IHC) has raised serious concerns over punishment of Maryam Nawaz in the NAB case.

IHC directed legal counsel of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to sum up his arguments on Sharifs’ petitions challenging conviction in Avenfield reference till Wednesday.

A two-member bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani resumed hearing on petitions here in Islamabad today.

As the hearing began, the bench inquired why Maryam Nawaz had been convicted under Section-9A of the NAB’s ordinance if assets were owned by Nawaz Sharif. The bench further inquired how two individuals can be convicted on assets owned by a single person.

“How Nawaz Sharif can own property when the ownership of the same rests with his children? Does court announce verdict merely on basis of this myth?”, remarked Justice Athar Minallah.

NAB’s prosecutor—during hearing—argued law turns onus of proof on accused after ownership of flats [by Sharifs] has been established. He said, “The agreement of money transfer turned out to be fake. Likewise, the deed declaring Maryam Nawaz trustee was also proved fake. She possesses assets beyond her declared source of income”.

NAB prosecuted further added Sharifs had not registered ‘Calibri font’ trust deed in UK. He said, “Maryam Nawaz crafted this trust deed and declared his brother beneficial owner”.