Nawaz Sharif's Legal Team to File Bail Petition
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Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s legal team is set to file a bail petition within the next 48 hours, as reported by ARY News on Monday. The team has already prepared an initial draft of the petition, according to sources.

The petition will seek protective bail for Nawaz Sharif in the Avenfield and Al-Azizia references, both of which led to his conviction by accountability courts. In the Avenfield case, he received a 10-year jail term along with an eight-million-pound fine. Additionally, a seven-year sentence was handed down in the Al-Azizia reference, and he was disqualified from holding public office for a decade.

Nawaz Sharif had previously filed appeals against these sentences, but they were dismissed by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on June 23, 2021, due to his failure to appear in court.

According to sources within the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the party’s leader is expected to file his protective bail petition in the IHC on October 16 or 17. The petition will be filed in accordance with the IHC’s previous decisions.

In this petition, Nawaz Sharif will request protective bail so that he can make a court appearance. It’s worth noting that on September 29, 2021, the IHC, in a landmark decision, acquitted Maryam Nawaz and Captain Safdar, overturning the sentences imposed by an accountability court in the Avenfield reference.

The IHC’s judgment emphasized that the sentences for Maryam Nawaz and Capt. Retd Safdar were unjust, and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) failed to substantiate its case. The divisional bench of the IHC, comprising Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani, delivered the verdict after hearing arguments from both sides.

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