Wednesday, September 20, 2023

The request to immediately stop the trial of the LNG case was rejected in the FIA court

They are not stopping the proceedings of the case, they first notice the parties and call them, Islamabad High Court
The Islamabad High Court rejected the request to immediately stop the trial of the LNG case in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) court.

A two-member bench consisting of Chief Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Tariq Mehmood heard the petition of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s three co-accused.

On behalf of the accused, senior lawyer Ahmar Bilal Sufi appeared in the court and said that my three clients are innocent in this case, no charges have been proven against them, but the accountability court has kept the case pending for more than three years.

The lawyer of the accused said that the statements of eleven witnesses were recorded in three years, after three years the case was sent from the accountability court to the Special Judge Central.

On this, the Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court said that it does not become a judicial jurisdiction, you should apply for acquittal to the Special Judge Central.

Lawyer Ahmar Bilal Sufi said that my client has been going around the court for three years, he should be discharged from the case and the proceedings in the court of Special Judge Central should be stopped until the case is heard here.

Justice Amir Farooq said that the proceedings of the case are not being stopped, the parties are first notified and called. The court issued a notice to the parties and adjourned the hearing till next week.

It should be noted that 15 accused including Shahid Khaqan Abbasi were named in the LNG reference, while Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and co-accused had challenged the judicial jurisdiction under the NAB amendments. Co-accused include Mufti Ismail, Abdullah, Sheikh Imran-ul-Haq, Hussain Dawood, Abdul Samad Dawood.

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