Comprehensive judicial system on the anvil, says embattled Nawaz Sharif

  • Former PM says delay in providing justice or its unavailability is one of the major problems

ISLAMABAD – Deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday called for bringing changes in the judicial system of Pakistan to ensure justice.

In an informal talk with reporters outside an accountability court in Islamabad, the former premier said that delay in providing justice or its unavailability was one of the major problems that needed to be addressed.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader, who is facing three corruption cases after his disqualification in the Panamagate case, said that working was underway to introduce a comprehensive judicial system.

Sharif said, “We should learn from bad or good experiences in the past”.

“Several politicians were also facing charges of corruption, kickbacks, and others, but my case is unique as there are no such charges,” he said.

In court proceedings, Judge Mohammad Bashir will record the statement of Panamagate JIT head Wajid Zia in the Avenfield flats supplementary corruption reference.

At last hearing, a key prosecution witness, Wajid Zia appeared before the court with complete JIT report to record his statement. He explained the working of the JIT before the court.

After his statement, Maryam and Safdar’s counsel, Amjad Pervez, cross-examined Zia. Pervez argued that JIT’s findings at the end of each volume could not be made part of the case.

The judge agreed with Pervez and ordered Zia to record his statement regarding the evidence and document, which have been included in the JIT report regarding Avenfield properties. However, the JIT head expressed his inability to it.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed three interim corruption references regarding London properties, Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Flagship Investment and other offshore companies against the former prime minister, his children – Hasan, Hussain and Maryam Nawaz – and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case.

The anti-graft watchdog recently filed supplementary references in all three cases – Avenfiled properties, Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Flagship Investment and other offshore companies.