ISLAMABAD: A division bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiani has directed to present counsel at the next hearing on the plea of Captain Safdar and Maryam Nawaz in the Avenfield reference.
During the hearing, apart from Captain Safdar and Maryam Nawaz, NAB prosecutors also appeared before the court. Ata Tarar told the court that Maryam Nawaz had appointed Irfan Qadir as her new lawyer. “Former lawyer Amjad Pervez is ill and has a belt. Thus, he cannot travel,” he said.
Justice Amir Farooq said that Irfan Qadir should have appeared and asked for time himself. “The impression here is that you are using delaying tactics. Your whole family is of lawyers. Why you have not been made the lawyer?” he said.
The NAB prosecutor further said that Ata Tarar himself is a capable lawyer.
At this, Ata Tarar went on to say that now they had a NAB prosecutor.
“Can’t say who is going to be the lawyer,” said Ata Tarar. “There is no delay on our part and yes, Amjad Pervez is very ill. Maryam Nawaz had requested to file a new petition at the last hearing. Irfan Qadir is preparing that petition.”
At that, Justice Amir Farooq said that Amjad Pervez should appear in person and inform the court. “Amjad Pervez should have submitted an application and a medical certificate. Time has been given but Irfan Qadir should appear in court himself and say that time is needed,” he said.
To this, the NAB prosecutor objected and said that Maryam Nawaz’s lawyer had not had his power of attorney yet. The court further said that they should have given a petition to Amjad Pervez to withdraw the power of attorney. As a consequence, the court has adjourned the hearing till October 6.
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