Nawaz Sharif deserves chance of fair trial: lawyer


ISLAMABAD – Ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer Khawaja Harris on Wednesday presented his arguments during the hearing of Sharif family’s review petitions over Panamagate verdict and said that his client should be given a chance for fair trial.

A five-member larger bench of Supreme Court (SC) comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan conducted the hearing of the case.

During the proceeding, Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan said the decision of April 20 in which two judges ousted Nawaz Sharif and other three ordered to form Joint investigation Team (JIT) was not challenged, which means that it was accepted by your client.

Khawaja Harris said that the two judges, who suggested to disqualify Nawaz Sharif, were in minority and the court accepted verdict of majority.

If the issue will be sent to trial court, then it will return to SC after proper inquiry, he added.

He said that the court should have asked National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to hold investigation as per law, adding the judge who announced the decision was made supervisor.

The lawyer continued that the court appreciated JIT’s verdict over which Justice Azmat Saeed said that we also cherished your stance.

Khawaja Harris said that SC has become complainant in Panamagate case while Justice Ejaz Afzal remarked that proceeding in trial court will give chance for arguments on evidence and JIT members.

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