CJP Justice Asif Saeed Khosa rules out relief to Nawaz Sharif unless IHC approached

CJP Justice Asif Saeed Khosa rules out relief to Nawaz Sharif unless IHC approached
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ISLAMABAD - The Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa on Tuesday rules out relief to Nawaz Sharif unless IHC approached for relief.

He remarked that the Supreme Court can provide no relief to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif unless the Islamabad High Court rules in his favour.

The court further observed as to “why no one from the Sharif family had approached the high court to seek relief for the deposed premier from his conviction”.

The three-judge bench headed by the CJP and comprising Sheikh Azmat and Justice Umar was hearing the petitions seeking probe in the leaked video case involving accountability court judge Arshad Malik.

"It is strange that those [PML-N] interested in the release of Nawaz have not yet approached the IHC because that is the only real forum to get relief,” the chief justice remarked.

He further said that the leaked-video scandal along with the alleged misconduct of the accountability court judge will not go unattended. “However we are not in a hurry, we don’t want a prejudiced trial,” he added.

“The high court, too, has the authority to probe the matter,” CJP Khosa said, adding that the IHC can launch an investigation through an appellant forum or through its constitutional authority under Article 203 wherein it supervises affairs of the accountability court.

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