The Islamabad High Court (IHC) is set to review the appeal of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif challenging his conviction in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case and the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) appeal to increase his sentence on December 7.
A division bench, led by Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and including Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, is scheduled to hear both appeals, as indicated by the cause list released by the IHC Registrar Office on Friday.
In 2018, Nawaz Sharif was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case by an accountability court. Subsequently, he appealed his conviction in the IHC. Simultaneously, NAB also filed an appeal in the IHC seeking an augmentation of Nawaz’s sentence.
Earlier this week, the IHC accepted Nawaz’s appeal against his conviction in the Avenfield reference, issuing a short order that also mentioned the acquittal of Maryam Nawaz and Capt (retd) Safdar in the same case. The order highlighted the absence of documentary evidence from NAB to substantiate the case against Nawaz, leading to the approval of the PML-N leader’s appeal and his acquittal of all charges.