Nawaz seeks time to hear Avenfield reference verdict in person

Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday that he wanted to hear the verdict of Avenfield reference, being heard by the accountability court, in person, urging the court to allow him time to return to the country.

Speaking to reporters outside a London clinic, where his ailing wife Kulsoom Nawaz is being treated, he said he was not a coward like some ‘dictator’ and will appear before the court to hear the verdict, he said in an obvious reference to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

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“The whole world is aware of court cases and acts of vengeance against me,” he remarked.

Sharif said he had endured more than 100 hearings with his daughter Maryam Nawaz, adding that delaying the verdict, scheduled to be announced on Friday, by a few days would not violate any legal requirement considering sensitive nature of the case.

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.

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