ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has said that it has complete trust in the judiciary and hopes that the law will take its due course after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday suspended the sentences of former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Muhammad Safdar in the Avenfield corruption reference and ordered their release on bail.
In its reaction, the ruling party’s spokesman and Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that the matter will proceed and hopefully the law will take its due course. He added that the party has complete trust in the judiciary and the courts in Pakistan are free.
The official statement by the PTI spokesman said that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is an independent institution and carries out its own activities, adding that the government has no role in it. “The government and public want action against those involved in corruption. The nation wants that its looted money be brought back and the government should ensure that the objective is achieved,” said Chaudhry.
He further said that the nation has no doubts over the role of the Sharif family, adding that the Sharifs failed to prove that from where they made a fortune worth billions of rupees.
A two-judge bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb gave the judgement on petitions filed by Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar challenging the Avenfield verdict against them.
Justice Minallah read the judgement and suspended the sentences handed to the three by Accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir on July 6.
Ordering their release, the two-judge bench directed the former premier, his daughter and son-in-law to submit bail bonds worth Rs0.5 million each.