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Avenfield, Al-Azizia reference case hearing adjourned till November 29Senate Power Committee Meeting: Saifullah Abro, Senior Behramand Tangi exchange bitter words

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Islamabad High Court (IHC) Aamir Farooq remarked that the charge was not properly framed and NAB did not know what the evidence was.Did National Accountability Court (NAB) try to prove that Maryam Nawaz is the beneficial owner?The hearing of former prime minister and PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif's appeals against conviction in the Avenfield and Al-Azizia references has been adjourned till November 29.Justice Mian Gul Hasan said during the hearing that show the portion of the judgment where the reference was ordered to be filed, they want to see what the Supreme Court (SC) had ordered to NAB.A division bench comprising Chief Justice IHC Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mian Gul Hasan Aurangzeb heard the appeals against Nawaz Sharif's sentence.Nawaz Sharif appeared in court along with his legal team.PML-N leader's lawyers Azam Nazir Tarar and Amjad Parvez were present on the rostrum.Lawyer Amjad Parvez started the arguments in the Avenfield reference, the court inquired whet her these facts were given before the filing of the reference. On which Amjad Pervez said that 3 facts are before the reference and the rest are after.Justice Mian Gul Aurangzeb inquired that the facts before the references are very important. Where are the TORs of the JIT? Advocate Amjad Pervez said that a full investigation is needed on the said matter. A 5-member JIT was formed On May 5, 2017. The Supreme Court formed the JIT to assist.Amjad Pervaiz in his arguments said that the JIT submitted the report on 10 July 2017 which consisted of 12 volumes.After that, the parties were called for arguments.The lawyer further said that the final order of Panama was issued on July 28, 2017 according to which Nawaz Sharif was disqualified.The court inquired as to what orders the Supreme Court had clearly issued. Did the Supreme Court issue orders to Chairman NAB?Lawyer Amjad Pervez said that the accountability court was directed to decide on the reference in 6 months. NAB could have filed a supplementary reference when new evidence came to light, all three references were filed on the same day.In July, the Supreme Court pronounced the verdict in the Panama case, while the NAB references were filed in September. On October 2017, the accused were charged in all three references. Later, the references were tried separately. However, we were not given a copy of Volume 10 by the prosecution. None of the documents from Volume 10 were brought on record. However, some questions were definitely answered during the cross-examination.Nawaz Sharif's lawyer said that Chairman NAB sent the matter to DG NAB Lahore for investigation. We asked NAB why they are investigating after the verdict. This statement is in writing.NAB filed the Avonfield reference on September 8.Justice Mian Gul Hasan Aurangzeb said that Nawaz Sharif was acquitted in a reference.On this occasion, the prosecutor NAB said that the accountability court had acquitted Nawaz Sharif in the flagship.The court asked the prosecutor NAB whether NAB ha s filed an appeal against the acquittal. To which he replied that the appeal has been filed but no notice has been given and the appeal is not scheduled for hearing today.Amjad Parvez said that Judge Muhammad Bashir had given a decision on one reference while requested to transfer other references to another court. Judge Muhammad Bashir himself excused himself from hearing the case.During the case, Chief Justice Amir Farooq remarked that the charge was not properly framed and the NAB did not know what the evidence was. Did NAB try to prove that Maryam Nawaz is the beneficial owner? In response to which the lawyer said that NAB has definitely made this effort but has not presented any evidence in favor of this allegation.Later, the court adjourned further hearing till November 29.Earlier, on the occasion of the appearance of PML-N leader, strict security measures have been taken around the Islamabad High Court. Heavy personnel including women personnel are performing security duties. In addition to 541 personnel of Islamabad Police, FC personnel are present when That Rangers personnel are also posted at the Islamabad High Court building.According to the circular issued by the Registrar Office, the entry of unrelated persons into the Islamabad High Court was prohibited. The entry of lawyers and journalists into the court room will be subject to special passes.It should be noted that on October 26, the Islamabad High Court had reinstated the appeals against the sentence handed down by the accountability court in Al-Azizia and Avonfield reference.A two-member bench headed by Chief Justice Amir Farooq of the Islamabad High Court ruled on the petition against the appeals.Earlier, the caretaker government of Punjab suspended the sentence of former prime minister and PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia reference. The caretaker Punjab cabinet approved the suspension of the sentence through circulation.ISLAMABAD: In the meeting of Senate Power Committee, Chairman Committee Saifullah Abro and Sr. Bahramand Tangi had bitter words.Saifullah Abaro said that your lawyer is faster, you are trying to save corruption. Senator Bahramand Tangi said that I am a senator, I am not anybody's lawyer, I am walking out of the committee on your remarks.Bahramand Tangi walked out of the meeting.National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) board members in the committee apologized for the letter written to the committee.The committee directed action against the NTDC secretary for not providing the recording and materials of the meeting day.The meeting of the committee was held under the chairmanship of the chairman of the committee, Saifullah Abaru.Has any senator ever asked for his own work? The committee has directed to submit an evaluation report on the bunting conductor project of Dahaso Dam.Senator Dilawar Khan said that if something has gone wrong, how will it be treated.The committee has directed M DNTDC and NES-Pak to look into the matter and take a decisionSenator Haji Fida Muhammad said that why the Minister of Energy and the Secretary are absent from the Energy Committee, the officials of the Ministry of Energy said that the Minister of Energy is out of the country and the Secretary is in an online meeting and will come as soon as it ends.In the meeting, the NTDC board members discussed the letter written to the committee and the NTDC members expressed their ignorance about the writing of the letter.Power division officials said that the members were not aware of the writing of the letter as soon as the NTDC chairman wrote the letter.Chairman NTDC Board resigned.Chairman of the committee said that the letter written by the World Bank was not of the World Bank but of the local representative.Officials of Ministry of Power asked for NRO and he gave it. The Power Division officials said that as soon as we raised this matter with the World Bank team, the inquiry team of Mustafa was also give n to the World Bank officials.The World Bank did not took any action on the issue, but expressed confidence. Project has been given, in case of any kind of action, there will be a negative impact on the loan.Turkish ambassador also participated in the meeting.Turkish diplomat said that people from Turkish companies are investing in many countries. Fifty-five of our companies want to invest in Pakistan. Officials of the global company said that we came to the committee for justice and our rights. The criteria of the project were clear.The bidder was asked to show the work experience of 300 million. One company did not submit the work experience. There was a misrepresentation in the documents.We wrote a letter to NTDC and informed all the points. NTDC has given us an interesting reply. NTDC refused to take our extension. Due to standing on the project, he had to bear the loss of billions of dollars.NTDC officials said that the High Court also ruled that World Bank regulations should be followed.Se nator Dilawar said the World Bank never asked to audit its loans.The matter before the committee is whether Sino Hydropower was eligible for the project. It is being told that Sino Hydropower was not eligible but was awarded the contract.Senator Saifullah Abaro said that we raised this issue after looking at our country, we cannot defend your corruption.Why did a six-member World Bank delegation come to visit the project two months later?In the meeting, Saifullah Abro and Bahramand Tangi also had bitter words. Saifullah Abro said that your lawyer is faster. Bahramand Tangi said that I am a senator. Saifullah Abro said that you are trying to save corruption. Bahramand Tangi said that I am not anyone's lawyer and I walk out from the committee. Bahramand Tangi walked out of the meeting.