Accountability Court dismisses NAB’s petition against Maryam Nawaz

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ISLAMABAD: An accountability court in Islamabad on Friday dismissed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) appeal against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz, declaring it not fit for trial.
The accountability court said that because Maryam’s appeal against the court’s initial verdict is being heard at the Islamabad High Court, this court cannot proceed with any further action in the same case.
Maryam’s lawyer Amjad Pervez argued that NAB could have filed an appeal against the verdict within 30 days but instead chose to file an appeal almost a year after it was announced. He reminded the court that an appeal against the seven-year sentence the court handed Maryam was being heard at the Islamabad High Court, therefore the court could not proceed with NAB’s appeal.
However, NAB’s prosecutor, Sardfar Muzzafar Abbasi argued that in its verdict, the accountability court had said that it would conduct a separate investigation into Maryam’s documents. The court didn’t need NAB to file an appeal, it should have done so itself, he argued. He also said that Maryam never challenged that clause in the verdict, therefore the 30-day limit was not applicable.
However, Judge Muhammad Bashir ruled in Maryam’s favour.


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