A top court in Pakistan on Thursday rejected former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s appeal against his conviction by an accountability court in corruption cases. A bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in its nine-page judgment said that Sharif “has run away from the law and therefore has lost his right to be heard before this court and we have no option but to dismiss his appeal”. is not.
In this bench of the court, Justice A. Farooq and Justice Akhtar Kayani. Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) chief Sharif (70) has been living in London since November 2019 after the Lahore High Court allowed him to travel abroad for four weeks for treatment. Sharif, the former prime minister, was convicted on two counts of corruption – the Avenfield property and the Al-Azizia steel mills. He was declared a proclaimed offender in December 2019 by the Islamabad High Court after he failed to appear despite several warnings.
“There is nothing in the Constitution or the rules to compel the court to decide on the merits of an appeal filed by an accused person,” the Islamabad High Court bench said on Wednesday. The Bureau (NAB) had reserved its verdict after hearing the arguments of Additional Prosecutor Jahanzeb Khan Bharwana.
Meanwhile, Pakistani security agencies on Thursday arrested two suspects involved in a car bomb blast outside the house of Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack and the chief of the banned outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD). A Crime Investigation Department (CTD) official told PTI that the CTD has arrested two suspects, one of whom is a Christian, in connection with the purchase of the car used for the blast.