PAKISTAN: MARYAM NAWAZ/COURT
Local News Islamabad, ISLAMABAD
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Maryam Nawaz appears before High Court in Islamabad.
Maryam Nawaz, daughter of former Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif, appears before Islamabad High Court in Avenfield review petition.
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SLUG: PAKISTAN: MARYAM NAWAZ/COURT
DATE : SEPTEMBER 01 , 2020
Shotlist: ISLAMABAD , PAKISTAN (SEPTEMBER 1 , 2020) (VNA – ACCESS ALL)
- CAR CARRYING VICE PRESIDENT OF PML-N MARYAM NAWAZ COVERED WITH ROSE PETALS
- SUPPORTERS SURROUNDING CAR CARRYING VICE PRESIDENT OF PML-N MARYAM NAWAZ..
- SUPPORTERS CHANTING: “BAO JI (REFERRING TO FORMER PAKISTAN PM NAWAZ SHARIF) , I LOVE YOU.”
- MARYAM NAWAZ WAVING TO CROWD FROM HER CAR
- CROWD CHANTING: “MARYAM NAWAZ! MARYAM NAWAZ!”
- WOMEN SUPPORTERS HOLDING POSTER WITH PICTURES OF NAWAZ SHARIF, MARYAM NAWAZ AND SHAHBAZ SHARIF
- VARIOUS OF POLICE BARRIER OUTSIDE ISLAMABAD HIGH COURT
- VARIOUS OF POLICE POSTED INSIDE COURT PREMISES
- SIGNBOARD OF ISLAMABAD HIGH COURT
- CARS PARKED OUTSIDE COURT
- VARIOUS OF RANGERS POSTED OUTSIDE COURT
- CAR CARRYING MARYAM NAWAZ ARRIVING AT COURT
- MARYAM WALKING TOWARDS COURT WITH PML-N LEADERS
- COURT BUILDING
- VARIOUS OF PML-N LEADERS WAITING OUTSIDE COURT DOOR.
- PML-N LEADER AND FORMER PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER SHAHID KHAKAN ABBASI ADDRESSING MEDIA
- (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) PML-N LEADER AND FORMER PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER SHAHID KHAKAN ABBASI SAYING:
- “ A lady has come for a hearing at the High Court; and all the Islamabad police, Rangers , FC (Frontier Constabulary) has been posted here. This is the fear, this is the greed for power with which Imran Khan is blocking the way of the public, from behind closed doors, with the help of blockades, barbed wire and armed police. High Court is the place where every citizen has the right to enter in the search for justice. Today, the residents of Islamabad, the workers and leaders of Pakistan Muslim League and parliamentarians have been barred from entering through a barrier two miles away from the court. Why? Under which law?”
- MARYAM NAWAZ COMING OUT OF COURT
- VARIOUS OF MARYAM BEING ESCORTED TOWARDS CAR AMIDST THE CROWD
- MARYAM GETTING INTO CAR
- CAR CARRYING MARYAM DRIVING OFF WITH BLARING HORN
The Court was to hear appeals filed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and his son-in-law captain Muhammad Safdar against their conviction in the Avenfield reference.
Maryam travelled to Islamabad from the nearby hill station Murree, and was welcomed by hundreds of party workers and supporters, who shouted slogans and showered her car with rose petals, when she entered the outskirts of Islamabad.
Several PML-N leaders, including former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, accompanied Maryam to the high court. However, only lawyers and media representatives were allowed to enter the court premises.
Hundreds of police officials and Rangers were deployed to ensure security at the high court.
“A lady has come for a hearing at the High Court; and all the Islamabad police, Rangers , FC (Frontier Constabulary) has been posted here,” Shahid Khakan Abbasi told reporters as he and other PML-N leaders waited outside the court .
“ This is the fear, this is the greed for power with which Imran Khan is blocking the way of the public, from behind closed doors, with the help of blockades, barbed wire and armed police. High Court is the place where every citizen has the right to enter in the search for justice. Today, the residents of Islamabad, the workers and leaders of Pakistan Muslim League and parliamentarians have been barred from entering through a barrier two miles away from the court. Why? Under which law?” Abbasi said.
Maryam’s father, former prime minister Nawaz, had sought exemption from attending the hearing, while Maryam and her husband Safdar had filed a request for adjournment. All three — Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar — are out on bail in the case.
In July 2018, PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif had been sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison and slapped with an £8 million fine (Rs1.3 billion) in the Avenfield properties reference while Maryam was sentenced to eight years with a £2 million fine (Rs335 million).
The reference pertained to the ownership of the Sharif family’s apartments at Avenfield House, London.
The Avenfield properties reference was one of three filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) the preceding year in light of the Supreme Court’s verdict against Nawaz in the Panama Papers case.
The two-member special bench heard the petitions against the sentences of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain (retd) Safdar in the Avenfield and Al-Azizia Steel Mills references, and said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif should surrender and "appear before the court" at the next hearing, scheduled for September 10.
Sharif has been in London for treatment, and his counsel prayed before the court that the former premier was not medically fit to return to Pakistan and that a writ petition in this regard is pending in the Lahore High Court (LHC).
The court observed that absconding from a court hearing or during a trial was also a crime, but they were not declaring Sharif as an absconder at the moment. They were giving former prime minister Nawaz Sharif a chance "to surrender" and appear before the court at the next hearing scheduled for September 10.
Talking to the media after the hearing, Maryam said that the former premier was “anxious to return to Pakistan” but is undergoing treatment in London which was delayed due to the outbreak of coronavirus.