Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Avenfield Case: IHC suspends jail term of Nawaz, Maryam, and Safdar

Avenfield Case: IHC suspends jail term of Nawaz, Maryam, and Safdar

A supporter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Saharif touches his picture as he celebrate with others following the court's decision in Islamabad, Pakistan September 19, 2018.

Last week, Sharif along with his daughter Maryam and son-in-law captain Safdar was released on parole following the death of former first lady of Pakistan, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

The ruling comes nearly two months after Sharif's party lost a general election to the party of new Prime Minister Imran Khan.

However, analysts see the decision as a definite boost for Sharif's party and supporters.

The accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir had sentenced the trio on July 6.

Earlier, the bench inquired why Maryam Nawaz had been convicted under Section-9A of the NAB's ordinance if assets were owned by Nawaz Sharif.

Supporters chanted "Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif!" outside the court after the decision was announced.

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Deposed Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law were released from prison on Wednesday evening, hours after the Islamabad high court suspended their sentences in a major corruption case that jeopardised their political career.

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" 'This is a triumph of justice, ' said Sharif ally and former Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif who was outside the court". He was arrested on July 13 upon returning from London.

They were charged with corrupt practices linked to the Sharif family's ownership of luxury flats in London.

Qureshi further argued that Maryam was living with her father as a dependent and so "the properties in her name presumably belonged to her father".

Senior anchorperson Abdul Moiz Jafferii said that only the sentences of the Sharif family have been suspended, but they haven't been freed as such.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), the ruling party led by former cricketer Khan, said the judiciary was independent and the cases would continue.

Leader of the Opposition and Nawaz's younger brother, Shahbaz Sharif, following the verdict took to Twitter to share a verse from Surah Al-Isra [17:81]: "Truth has come, and falsehood has departed".

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.

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