Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam and son-in-law Safdar acquitted in the Avenfield case

20 September, 2018, 08:19 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • PTI leader Faisal Javed- File

The NAB was also pulled up by the Supreme Court on Monday when it rejected its petition challenging the IHC's decision to hear Sharifs' petitions against the Avenfield verdict.

This decision was made during a meeting chaired by NAB Chairperson Javed Iqbal.

Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif was released from prison late Wednesday to be met by jubilant supporters after a court suspended his prison sentence for corruption pending an appeal hearing.

Sharif received a 10-year sentence, while his daughter Maryam was sentenced to seven years and her husband, Mohammad Safdar Awan, was sentenced to one year in prison.

The court said precedents of the Supreme Court "bound the NAB to follow certain procedures" in order to shift the burden of proof on accused persons, the report.

After the final argument by Qureshi, the High Court reserved its verdict and ruled that the sentences of Sharifs and Safdar will remain suspended until the final judgment is announced. He faced several court cases at home and was later convicted of concealing assets overseas.

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"The prosecution has failed to show the properties belong to Nawaz Sharif", Justice Athar Minallah told the court. The accountability court verdict had ruined their political career.

The two-judge bench also ordered the release of the former premier, his daughter and son-in-law from the Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.

The convoy carrying the three, when came out of the Hajj terminal, was surrounded by several dozen party workers, who showered the vehicles with flower petals and chanted slogans in favors of their party leader.

"Soon after the news spread, supporters of the former prime minister and his daughter Mariam Nawaz danced in the streets, distributed candies and chanted slogans", NPR's Diaa Hadid reports from Karachi. There will be no deal, critics even created the unnecessary fuss around the severe ailment of their Supremo's leader Nawaz Sharif, he added.

Also, Hamza Shehbaz, talking to the media, said today was a day of jubilation.

The development is the latest twist in a series of scandals involving the former prime minister, beginning with his ouster from office a year ago to several corruption cases and trials that he faces.

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