IHC admits Safdar’s plea against conviction

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Waheed Dogar
Islamabad
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) accepted the plea of captain (retd) Safdar for filing a fresh application against the conviction in Avenfield corruption reference.
A two-member bench of the IHC, comprising of Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan heard the session, on Wednesday.
The IHC resumed the case hearing in which petitioner’s lawyer Amjad Pervez requested the court to grant permission to Safdar related to an amendment in the application, which was already filed by his client in the court against the conviction in the Avenfield reference.
Resuming the hearing, Justice Farooq noted that Safdar’s petition had been separated from a co-accused as his prison sentence was less than five years.
Pervez observed that a request to suspend the punishment can only be accepted if the culprit is sentenced to a term under five years.
Justice Farooq termed this as the reason that Safdar’s petition had been dealt with separately from the pleas of his wife Maryam and father-in-law Nawaz Sharif.
The defence counsel then argued that while the court had sentenced all three as convicted in the case to begin simultaneously.
The defense counsel further added that this was not the case for his client who had remained in the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) custody for a day.
Amjad Pervez contended that the Accountability Court’s (AC) ruling in the Avenfield case was based on a forged signature on a trust deed.
Later the court accepted the petitioner lawyer’s appeal and adjourned the hearing till Monday.

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