ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Thursday fixed January 21, for hearing the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s appeal for suspension of his sentence in Al Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference.

A divisional bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani had ordered the registrar’s office Thursday to fix the earliest date possible for hearing Nawaz Sharif’s petition.

The former premier’s legal counsel had requested the court to hear Nawaz’s plea as soon as possible challenging his seven-year imprisonment sentence.

It may be mentioned here that an accountability court on December 24, had sent Nawaz Sharif to seven years imprisonment in Al Azizia Steel Mills reference.

The former prime minister had filed an appeal in IHC against the verdict and also submitted a petition seeking suspension of the sentence.