The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday has accepted the Nawaz Sharif and his family plea to transfer Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references against them to another court.

A two-member bench of the IHC, comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, ordered the transfer of the cases.

Nawaz’s legal counsel had filed an appeal to transfer the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references from the court of accountability Judge-I Mohammad Bashir to another accountability court.

IHC had unified the two references, which are being heard by a two-member bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb.

During yesterday's proceedings, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi argued that case transfer was not possible post-indictment. He said that Judge Bashir had been hearing the defence's arguments in Al-Azizia and Flagship references for 10 months. 

Justice Aurangzeb observed that the evidence was interlinked in all three corruption references. "How can these interrelated facts be separated? This case is not ordinary in nature. It cannot be compared to the cases we hear on a daily basis," he noted.

The NAB prosecutor then pointed out that the defence had not petitioned in the Supreme Court against the rejection of the plea to unite all three references.

He argued, once the accused is indicted then the reference cannot be transferred. 

Earlier, the Sharif family had challenged their imprisonment in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in which it was highlighted the legal flaws in the Avenfield judgement and requesting for the accountability court's verdict to be declared null and void and the three convicts to be released on bail.