Nawaz requests court to defer verdict as wife’s health critical

LONDON: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday requested accountability court to postpone verdict in Avenfield reference for few days citing Kulsoom Nawaz’s critical health.

He was talking to media outside Harley Street Clinic in London. His wife has been on life-support machines for the past 21 days and underwent a medical procedure, he added. He stressed that the decision should be deferred as it won’t undermine justice. Speaking to reporters in London, the PML-N president said he would return to the country once the condition of his wife Kusloom Nawaz, who is on a ventilator at a hospital there, gets better.

Nawaz Sharif has demanded that the accountability court which is scheduled to announce its verdict in the Avenfield properties case against him on July 6 should defer it for a few days so that he could return to the country to hear it in his presence in the courtroom. Nawaz went on to say that he would not abscond as he was not a dictator. “I faced unilateral proceedings [in the Avenfield reference].

I want to be in the courtroom to hear the verdict”, added Nawaz. The PML-N chief warned to set an example out of those who are halting the path of masses. He said, “People are aware of revengeful proceedings being carried out against me”. The former premier stated that he would not let down his stalwarts by displaying cowardly attitude. He added, “I will return to Pakistan even if verdict comes against me. One has to face adversities for accomplishment of the mission”. Nawaz said he would render any sacrifice for masses’ rights and sanctity of vote. Nawaz Sharif claimed that Pakistan has been passing through worst phase in its recorded history and warned foes that masses would announce their verdict on July25.

Sharif said he is a public representative and won’t be worried, nor will he display cowardice in the face of hardships. The accountability court on Tuesday reserved its verdict in the Avenfield reference filed against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Nawaz Sharif and members of his family.

Meanwhile, Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday said that former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif can appear before the accountability court if extends the date for verdict.

Talking to media after appearing before the court in case pertaining to his lifetime disqualification, he said that he would respect the verdict of the court whether the judgement would be in his favor or not. Commenting on the ex-PM Nawaz Sharif, he said that the PML-N supremo was in London due to the illness of former first lady Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, adding that he can appear if the court extends the date for verdict in Avenfield reference. Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) leader Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday stated that she is ready to face imprisonment as price of the path she has taken.

Outspoken Maryam Nawaz-often pinned as Nawaz Sharif’s political heir-apparent – whole world is witnessing the injustice to which Sharif family is being subjected. Speaking to media about the imminent verdict in the Avenfield reference in the British capital, the PML-N leader said that she won’t back down from her struggle and will return to the country even if it means going to prison. “When we have decided to go ahead with a mission none has taken up since last 70 years (of country’s existence), the one has to pay the price,” said Maryam Nawaz. “We have appeared in over 100 hearings and will return to Pakistan before general elections 2018 for sure,” asserted Maryam while regretting biased trial of Panama Papers case. – NNI

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