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October 18, 2019
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IHC to hear Nawaz’s application tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s application for early hearing of his petition seeking suspension of his conviction in Al-Azizia reference was fixed for hearing before a division bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

The bench will take up the plea on Wednesday.

The IHC registrar office fixed the civil miscellaneous application of Nawaz Sharif seeking early hearing of his petition seeking suspension of conviction for Wednesday.

A division bench of the IHC headed by Justice Athaminnal had postponed the hearing of the sentence suspension plea of the former PM, ruling that the plea will be heard along with the main appeal after the winter vacation.

Earlier in the day, the incarcerated former prime minister filed the CMA pleading the court for early hearing of his sentence suspension plea.

The court office fixed the CMA before a two members bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani. The division bench will take up the appeal on Wednesday.

An accountability court on December 24 had found the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader guilty in the Al Azizia Steel Mills reference and sentenced him to seven years in prison.

Nawaz had filed an appeal against the punishment and also submitted a plea seeking suspension of the sentence.

The petition, submitted by his counsel Khawaja Haris, stated that a two-member IHC bench has heard the plea, and clubbed petitions seeking suspension of Nawaz’s sentence with the appeal against his conviction in the reference.