Sharif’s counsel directed to file appeal over Fawad’s comments

Published: October 26, 2018
Deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. 

Deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: FILE


An accountability court hearing the Flagship reference against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday directed his counsel to file an appeal regarding Information Minister Fawad Chauhdry’s comments pertaining to Sharif’s imprisonment.

The former premier appeared before Judge Arshad Malik’s court in Islamabad.

During the hearing, Sharif’s lawyer Zubair Khalid pointed out the federal minister’s comment “Nawaz Sharif will definitely go to jail” to the court and questioned how the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) leader knew that Sharif would be punished.

Khalid also asked the court to summon Chaudhry and take action against his statement to maintain the sanctity of the court.

“Did he [Fawad Chaudhry] pass a comment on the judicial proceedings or relayed his personal opinion?” asked Judge Malik. Sharif’s lawyer replied, “Chaudhry is trying to influence the court.”

Sharif’s senior counsel Khawaja Harris also requested the court to summon the transcript of Chaudhry’s statement too.

The judge remarked, “Murder convicts kept saying they will be released but I told them the court will make the decision and they can keep saying whatever they want.”

He also assured Sharif’s counsel that a notice will be issued to Chaudhry if needed. “Make the newspaper clippings part of the appeal as well,” he instructed.

Further on, arguments between Harris and Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head Wajid Zia continued.

Zia said Tariq Shafi and Mohammad Hussain were partners in the Gulf Steel deal and pointed out that Hussain died before the deal was implemented. “Shafi informed the JIT that after Hussain’s death, he met his son Shehzad Hussain.”

The JIT head also said, Hussain was a British citizen according to Shafi and they tried finding Shehzad but couldn’t. “We asked Shafi for Shehzad’s number but he said he doesn’t have it.”

Zia also agreed to the fact that Shafi wasn’t asked a question pertaining to this in volume two of the JIT.

“Did the JIT try locating Shehzad through any other means apart from asking Shafi?” said Harris, the Sharif’s counsel. Zia replied, “No they did not.”

Hearing was adjourned till Oct 29.


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Reader Comments (2)

  • Syed
    Oct 26, 2018 - 12:43PM

    Why Nawaz council is not concentrating on the case?
    Has he already accepted defeat or trying to create issue out of nothing.

    Of course Nawaz will go back to jail after his parole is over. What’s new in this ? Recommend

  • F Khan
    Oct 26, 2018 - 2:35PM

    Duplicity in FC statements, first he says NAB and courts are independent and then he says we will lock them up, then he says the Sharifs will keep getting out and in the jail. Mature and correct way to bring this duplicity in government version in front of the court and the people.Recommend

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