Nawaz Sharif v/s Supreme Court

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Judges are biased, prejudice and in full anger, would not get justice, says Nawaz. AC rejects plea, further trial on Nov15

Nation special report

ISLAMABAD: Tussle between judiciary and under-trial politicians is not a new factor and repeats from time to time. Such situation is being observed nowadays between the Supreme Court and ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and both parties are reportedly involved in objectionable remarks. Talking to media persons after his appearance in Accountability Court (AC) here Wednesday, he said that he has been deprived of right off air trial which was his basic right. “I have been deprive do fright off air trial which was my basic right.I knew it well that decision would come against me because grudge and anger of some judges have come in verdict.
The words used by judges will become black chapter of history”. “These judges are full of grudge… their grudge and anger has come out in words,” he said, commenting on the strong words used in the detailed order. This grudge, anger and words will become a dark chapter of history.” Sharif said the judiciary had penned several dark chapters in Pakistan’s history during dictatorial rules and the judgment on the review petition would be against him. While criticising strongly verdicts of judiciary, Nawaz Sharif said “I knew it that decision of review petition would never come in my favour. The words of judges will become black chapter of the history.
Because several black chapters were penned down during the last 70 years and now this judgment would too be penned down in black letters. Former PM said he has been denied right of fair trial. References filed against him are based on malafide intent and political vendetta. He said basic rights were denied to him Despite it I will defend myself in the trial, he added. He further said that SC ordered to deliver verdict within 6 months on these references which meanstrial of every reference will take one and a half month, he added. . Court indicts Nawaz Accountability court hearing corruption cases against Nawaz Sharif and his family members has rejected an application filed by the ousted prime minister for clubbing together the three references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). After the announcement of the judgment, Sharif was called to the rostrum and the judge read out the charges against him. The former prime minister was indicted separately in each of the three references — he plead “not guilty” to all the charges. While at the rostrum, Sharif expressed his concern that since the Supreme Court had given a six-month deadline for the references to be wrapped up, deciding four references in this period would mean each case gets just 1.5 months.
However, the judge observed that the cases could conclude within the timeframe if heard simultaneously. After the indictment, the court revived summons for the prosecution witnesses — Sidra Mansoor of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and Jahangir Ahmed of Federal Board of Revenue — to appear at the next hearing. The Sharif family members left the court after the hearing was adjourned until November 15. The court had reserved its ruling on Sharif’s application on Tuesday after hearing arguments from both the defence counsel and the NAB prosecution.
The court on Wednesday also decided on an application filed by Maryam Nawaz and her husband Safdar for deletion of a charge related to the use of Calibri font. The accountability court had on Oct 19 indicted Maryam and Safdar in the Avenfield reference related to London properties. Besides other charges, the court also charged Maryam with signing a document in Calibri font in February 2006 when that font did not exist. Announcing its judgment, the court decided to delete Section 3(a) of NationalAccountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999 dealing with forgery from the charges against the couple. The charge could be reinstated in case the prosecution comes up with solid evidence against the accused related to forgery. The application filed by AdvocateAmjad Pervez had pointed out that “as per mandatory provision envisage by Section 30 of the NAO 1999, the cognizance of an offence of false evidence committed in the course of the investigation or trial is to be taken upon pronouncement of judgment”.
Forgery charge deleted The court on Wednesday also decided on an application filed by Maryam Nawaz and her husband Safdar for deletion of a charge related to the use of Calibri font. The accountability court had on Oct 19 indicted Maryam and Safdar in the Avenfield reference related to London properties. Besides other charges, the court also charged Maryam with signing a document in Calibri font in February 2006 when that font did not exist. Announcing its judgement, the court decided to delete Section 3(a) of National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999 dealing with forgery from the charges against the couple. The charge could be reinstated in case the prosecution comes up with solid evidence against the accused related to forgery. The application filed byAdvocate Amjad Pervez had pointed out that “as per mandatory provision envisage by Section 30 of the NAO 1999, the cognizance of an offence of false evidence committed in the course of the investigation or trial is to be taken upon pronouncement of judgement”. Shahbaz’s advice Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif advised his elder brother Nawaz Sharif ‘’ we should handle this situation with passion and wisdom and avoid creating any friction between the institution.’’
After the hearing in accountability court, Shehbaz Sharif telephonic contacted with Nawaz Sharif and exchanged views on the written judgment of accountability court including review petition in Supreme Court (SC). On this occasion, younger brother while giving advice to his elder brother said that due to defiance course against institution circumstances already have worsened so in this crucial situation “we will have to handle this entire situation with passions.” Nawaz Sharif replied that “need not worry, we will face cases in the courts and InshAAllah victory will soon be ours”.