LHC forms bench to hear petition against Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar’s conviction

The Lahore High Court has formed a bench to hear a petition against the conviction of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and his son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar.

The three-member bench, comprising Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza, Justice Muhammad Sajid Mehmood Siddiqui and Justice Mujahid Mustaqeem Ahmed, has been formed to hear the petition filed by AK Dogar.

Dogar, in his application, said that the NAB law has lapsed after the 18th constitutional amendment.

It is illegal to convict someone under a dead law, he maintained. The petitioner asked the court to nullify the conviction.

The Supreme Court disqualified in 2017 then PM Nawaz in the Panama Papers case. The court ordered NAB to file three corruption references against Nawaz and his family.

An anti-corruption court has sentenced the family in one of the three references – Avenfield. The former PM was awarded 10 years in jail and his daughter, Maryam, was awarded seven. Maryam’s husband, Capt (retd) Safdar was also handed a one-year sentence in the case. All three are currently in jail. They have appealed the decision.

Nawaz and Maryam were arrested upon their return to the country on July 13.