The Lahore High Court (LHC) has suspended petition seeking to suspend the sentences of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar in Avenfield corruption case on Friday.

A three-member bench headed by LHC’s Justice Shahid Waheed comprising Justice Aatir Mehmood and Justice Shahid Jameel Khan heard the appeals seeking the suspension of conviction of the Sharif family members.

The petitioner stated the 1999 National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) was introduced by the former president Pervez Musharraf but lapsed after the 18th Amendment.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, daughter and son-in-law sentenced in accordance with a dead law, the petitioner added.

The petitioner requested the court to declare the Sharif family’s sentences null and void as they were convicted through a dead law.

The LHC bench dismissed petitions challenging Sharif family’s sentences and also appeals seeking that NAB Ordinance 1999 be declared as null and void.

On July 6, an accountability court had sentenced Nawaz to 11 years in prison and slapped Rs1.3 billion fine in the Avenfield corruption reference while his daughter Maryam was sentenced to eight years with a Rs335 million fine.