IHC acquits Gilani in NAB cases
IHC acquits Gilani in NAB cases IHC acquits Gilani in NAB cases IHC acquits Gilani in NAB cases

PUBLISHED 7/14/2017

By Masood Rehman

ISLAMABAD: A division bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), headed by Chief Justice Sardar Muhammad Aslam, on Wednesday acquitted Prime Minister Yousuf Raze Gilani of the two references in which the Accountability Court, Rawalpindi, had convicted him.

In its detailed verdict on both references, the court held that the allegations levelled against Gilani had been proven wrong and the evidence presented before the court was quite weak. “We allow this appeal and set aside the conviction of the Accountability Court and direct the acquittal of appellant who is on bail, his surety bond stands discharged,” stated the verdict on the first appeal that dealt with alleged appointments made by him to the National Assembly Secretariat during his tenure as the speaker in 1993-96.

Similarly, the verdict on the second appeal, which dealt with the reference pertaining to the unauthorised use of 15 official vehicles and similar expenditures, stated: “After scanning oral as well as documentary evidence, we find no evidence on record to establish that appellant accommodated his relatives, friends or associates in recruitment made in the NA Secretariat, besides the prosecution evidence lacks support to charge of gross violation of NA Secretariat Rules.”

The court had reserved its verdicts on the appeals of the premier on January 26 and February 3.