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IHC bench to hear Sharifs’ pleas dissolved
By Tariq Butt August 12, 2018
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ISLAMABAD: A two-judge bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), which was to start appeals of incarcerated deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Capt. (retd) Safdar, stood dissolved after one of its members proceeded on summer vacations.

This is the third time since July 17 that another division bench was broken, delaying the disposal of the Sharifs’ appeals against their conviction by an accountability court of Islamabad headed by Judge Muhammad Bashir.

The instant panel comprised Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mian Gulzeb. Justice Farooq has now gone on summer vacations.

Previously, the appeals were to be heard by defiant Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui and another judge, but the IHC chief justice dissolved the bench as he did not want Justice Siddiqui, the most senior judge of the IHC, to proceed with this case. This judge is also facing a reference in the Supreme Judicial Council headed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar.

Generally, such appeals are decided without loss of any time but the Sharifs’ pleas were facing constant delays for unknown reasons.

Safdar has an acute stomach problem and has been shifted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Science Islamabad (PIMS). A few days back, the former prime minister was admitted in the PIMS against his will after his heart problem aggravated. He was kept there for two days and was later moved to the Adiala Jail Rawalpindi.

Nawaz Sharif and Maryam came to Pakistan from London on July 13 to court arrest after their conviction by the accountability court in the London apartments’ case.

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