IHC defers decision to declare Nawaz Sharif proclaimed offender

Statesman Report

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday deferred decision to declare deposed premier Nawaz Sharif a proclaimed offender until December 2.

A two-member bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani heard appeals filed by the former premier against his conviction in Al Azizia and Avenfield references.

In October, the bench had issued proclamation against the former prime minister in leading newspapers asking him to surrender himself in 30 days to avoid the further adverse process.

The bench also heard appeals filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against the accountability court decision to acquit Nawaz in Flagship reference.

Tuesday's hearing

Director Europe at the Foreign Office Mohammad Mubashir Khan submitted a report before the bench, stating that Nawaz is aware of court proceedings.

"The news regarding proclamation came on print and digital media both locally and internationally. He also received court summons through Royal Mail."

"We are satisfied that every measure was taken to ensure Nawaz's appearance in court," said Justice Farooq.

The bench decided to record statements of Federal Investigation Agency officers - Ejaz Ahmed and Tariq Masood - tasked to comply with its decision to issue proclamation in newspapers and Mubashir Khan in the hearing fixed for December 2. 7.19.170