IHC to hear Nawaz Sharif’s appeal in Al-Azizia case against sentence on Sep 1. An appeal against the sentence of former Prime Minister and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has been fixed for hearing in Al Azizia Steel Mills reference.
A two-member bench of the Islamabad High Court will hear the appeal on September 1. At the same time, NAB’s appeals against Nawaz Sharif’s extension of sentence and his acquittal in the flagship reference have also been fixed for hearing.
The last hearing on Nawaz Sharif’s appeal in the Al Azizia Steel Mills reference was held on September 18.
A special bench of the Islamabad High Court comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani has been constituted to hear the appeals of Nawaz Sharif and NAB.
It should be noted that Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Arshad Malik had given the verdicts of Al Azizia and Flagship References. Judge Muhammad Arshad Malik was sacked following a video scandal.
Previously, Mr Sharif partially recorded his statement in Al-Azizia reference under Section 342 of the criminal procedure code (CrPC), as out of over 100 questions he gave answers to the 44 questions which were put to him by Judge Mohammad Arshad Malik of the accountability court.
With the Al Azizia Steel Mills reference, responding to a question about his address to the nation as prime minister in which he presented his stance regarding acquisition of Gulf Steel Mills, its sale and subsequent utilisation of its sale proceeds in reference to the Panama Papers issue, Mr Sharif said: “As regards my speech on the floor of Assembly, it is submitted that subject to my objection that the said speech cannot be read in view of Article 66 of the Constitution, the speech made by me on May 16, 2016 was based on copies of the various agreements and related documents pertaining to Dubai factory and another agreement related to Al-Azizia Steel Co.