ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz said Wednesday that US permission to use Pakistani air bases is against the sovereignty of the country and her party has raised a voice against such an act would.
Speaking to media representatives at the Islamabad High Court (IHC) premises where she attended the Avenfield appeal hearing her conviction, Ms. Nawaz said she learned through international media that the US had been “allowed” “To use Pakistani air bases.
“This is not acceptable to the PML-N and this matter should be discussed in Parliament,” she said.
When asked about the future of the PDM opposition alliance, she replied that, apart from the PPP, all eight opposition parties were united under the PDM banner.
Regarding the independence of the judiciary, she said that after the Supreme Court overturned the president’s indictment against Judge Qazi Faez Isa and dismissed a government petition for review, a smear campaign against the superior judiciary was launched.
Conditions Shaukat Siddiqui case a test for justice
“We all know who is behind this campaign to defame the judiciary. You should learn from history and avoid such tactics, ”she said. The case of the dismissed IHC judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui is a test case for the judiciary as he has made serious allegations that need to be investigated.
Hearing on the transplant case
A division bank of the IHC, consisting of Judge Aamer Farooq and Judge Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, resumed hearing appeals against convictions of Sharif family members in corruption cases by law courts.
Azam Nazir Tarrar, who appeared before the IHC as an amicus curiae, said that in cases where the convict escaped, the higher courts tended to dismiss the appeal with tacit permission for the accused to resubmit the appeal after surrender .
On the other hand, Jahanzeb Khan Bharwana, additional attorney general of the National Accountability Bureau, argued that Nawaz Sharif’s appeal could be dismissed because he was a refugee as the fugitive had lost the right of audience.
Posted in Dawn, June 10, 2021