New IHC bench to hear Sharif family’s petitions against sentence in Avenfield reference

September 7, 2018

The Islamabad High Court has formed a new two-judge bench to hear the Sharif family’s petitions against their sentences in the Avenfield reference.

Previously, the court was working on a rotation basis due to the summer vacations so different judges were hearing the petitions.

Now, as the court will resume its work from Monday onward, a new bench has been formed.

It includes justices Athar Minallah and Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb.

The judges will also hear petitions against the dismissal of the sentences of former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and his son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar.

Nawaz’s legal counsel Khawaja Harris had requested the court to hear the case on the suspension of the sentences first and then the dismissal petition.

He had reasoned that he can only give a limited time to the IHC hearings as he is busy with the Al-Azizia reference, which is being heard in the accountability court.

Nawaz and his family are currently serving their sentences at the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi after being convicted in the Avenfield reference, which pertains to their properties in London.