Nawaz, Maryam submit petition seeking postponement of Avenfield verdict

Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz submitted a petition on Thursday requesting for postponement of the Avenfield verdict and requested a seven-day exemption from accountability proceedings.

The court is set to announce the verdict on July 6 after reserving the verdict on July 3. Former premier Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam left the country to visit the ailing Kulsoom Nawaz. The counsels submitted the petition in accountability court I of Judge Arshad Malik who directed them to appear before Judge Bashir of accountability court II on Friday.

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Amjad Parvez, the defence counsel, submitted the petition in court which stated, “The doctors treating Maryam’s mother have opined that the condition of Begum Kulsoom is improving and that they planned to reduce her sedation on July 4 and wake her over the next 48 hours,” the petition reads. “Furthermore, the doctors advised that the continuous presence and support of family will help her [Begum Kulsoom].”

The father and daughter contended that they remained present before the court during almost all hearing since the commencement of the trial, and thus want to be present in court when the judgment is announced.

“Maryam intended to return to Pakistan on June 27 as it was expected that by this date her mother would have sufficiently recovered so as to be able to communicate with Maryam and would thereby be in a position to sufficiently put her mind at rest as well as her own before returning to Pakistan. Unfortunately, however, even then her mother remained unconscious and ventilator dependent,” the petition states.

A medical report attached with the petition clarifies Begum Kulsoom’s health. “Kulsoom is diagnosed with cardio-respiratory collapse with a confirmed pulmonary thromboembolic disease, cardiogenic shock with multiple organ failure including respiratory and renal failure and malnutrition. On July 3, a tracheotomy was performed on Kulsoom. Results awaited,” the report reads.

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In 2017, Begum Kulsoom was diagnosed with cancer and was shifted to the United Kingdom for further medical treatment. Since then, Maryam and Nawaz have made several trips back and forth from London to attend the hearings and tend to the ailing Begum Kulsoom.

On June 15, she suffered from a cardiac arrest and was immediately placed on a ventilator.

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