Pervaiz Rashid demands facilities for PML-N leaders as lawyers appeal against Avenfield verdict

July 16, 2018

Artwork: Obair Khan

Former information minister and PML-N leader Pervaiz Rashid demanded that his party leaders be given facilities like PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur received.

He spoke to the media at the Islamabad High Court where he was accompanying the Sharif family’s lawyers on Monday. The lawyers filed an appeal against the Avenfield verdict.

An accountability court awarded 10 years to former PM Nawaz Sharif, eight years to his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif, and one year to his son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar. All three are currently in jail. Their lawyers obtained the signatures of their clients on Sunday and arrived at the court on Monday.

The lawyers appealed the court to nullify the accountability court’s decision. It has been 10 days that the verdict was announced in the case. It is also the last day to file an appeal against the decision.

According to Rashid, the PML-N was in favour of the facilities that Zardari and Talpur were receiving — but they want the same for PML-N leaders. “We are all Pakistanis and the rule should be the same for all,” he said.

He said they requested the court to suspend the sentences until the high court reaches a verdict. The plea says that the former PM and his daughter and son-in-law be released on bail.

On the other hand, Maryam and Safdar’s son, Junaid Safdar, arrived in Lahore from London. PML-N workers showered rose petals on him at the airport.