Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years for corruption

Capt Safdar in Mansehra today

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was on Friday sentenced to 10 years in prison by the accountability court here in a corruption case, the media reported.

While Sharif was fined 8 million pounds (USD 10 million), his daughter Maryam was handed down a 2 million pound (USD 2.6 million) fine. Maryam's husband Captain Safdar has been given 1 year jail. Imran Khan was adamant to pursue the case for which he held rallies and protests.

Sharif, who was ousted as prime minister previous year for corruption, was also fined $8m by the National Accountability Bureau court.

If Sharif returns he will be arrested on arrival under the law, though he could later be freed by a separate court pending appeal, Abbasi added.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter, Maryam Nawaz, had filed her papers to contest the July 25 elections from NA-127 and PP-173.

The Sharifs were accused of embezzling public funds to offshore accounts that were used to purchase four high valued Avenfield properties, an apartment block on Park Lane in central London.

Nawaz Sharif, speaking to reporters in London late Friday, said he planned to return to Pakistan and was willing to go to prison in his effort to free Pakistanis "of the slavery imposed on them by some generals and judges". The verdict could mark not only the end of the Sharif's turbulent political dynasty but a turning point in a bitterly fought general election campaign, with polling only three...

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"If Sharif does not come back, his party is over", said political analyst Rasool Bukhsh Rais.

During the trial, the NAB presented around 21 witnessed to prove that Sharif family can not justify the money trail to buy four apartments in Avenfield House, Park Lane, London. The PML-N sweeps back to power in an election the gives its allies a solid National Assembly majority.

Sharif and Maryam are now in London visiting Kulsoom, who is suffering from cancer and is undergoing treatment there.

Sharif's party, the Pakistan Muslim League, rejected the ruling as a grave injustice to the popular former leader.

In 1993 he was sacked from his first term as premier for corruption, while in 1999 he was sentenced to life in prison after his second term in office ended with a military coup.

PML-N officials also accuse the military of using its muscle to twist the arm of the media to restrict coverage of criticism of the judiciary and military by Sharif and his allies.

Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attends a seminar in Islamabad in April 2018.

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