ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court IHC on Wednesday approved former premier Nawaz Sharif’s petition and has instructed to schedule a hearing of his appeal against the accountability court’s judgement in the Al Azizia reference within 10 days.
A two-member bench including Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiani conducted the hearing on Nawaz’s petition.
Hearing of the petition was initially delayed due to the absence of Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris from the court.
On Tuesday, the former premier petitioned the Islamabad High Court to schedule a hearing of his appeal against the accountability court’s judgement in Al Azizia judgement.
During the hearing today, Nawaz’s counsel requested the court to schedule the appeal hearing at the earliest possible date.
The high court complied with the request and instructed the court registrar to schedule a hearing of the appeal against the judgement within 10 days.
The court also instructed to schedule the hearing of the suspension of Nawaz’s prison sentence, along with the appeal against the accountability court’s judgement in the Al Azizia reference.
The petition submitted on Tuesday to the high court by Nawaz’s counsel Khwaja Haris maintained that former premier’s ‘basic human rights are being violated,’ hence a hearing on the appeal should be fixed at the earliest date possible.
The high court earlier announced that former premier Nawaz Sharif’s plea seeking suspension of the prison sentence will be heard along with the appeals against the verdict.
The accountability court had awarded a seven-year prison sentence to the former premier in the Al Azizia reference.
Nawaz had earlier filed an appeal against the punishment and also submitted a petition seeking suspension of the sentence.