Nawaz Sharif, Daughter Gets A Warm Welcome After Pak Court Orders Release

Nawaz Sharif, Daughter Gets A Warm Welcome  After Pak Court Orders Release

Nawaz Sharif, Daughter Gets A Warm Welcome  After Pak Court Orders Release(file)

New Delhi: The Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif,  his daughter Maryam and son-in-law have been released from prison on Wednesday, hours after their sentences in a major corruption case were suspended by the Top Court. The corruption case costed them, their political career.

The Sharif family which is still grieving the demise Begum Kulsoom, Nawaz's wife took a sigh of relief when the two-judge bench of the Islamabad High Court suspended their jail sentences, in the Avenfield corruption case and ordered their release.

The President of his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Nawaz's brother, Shehbaz Sharif and other party leaders met the former premier at the high-security Adiala Prison before he was released, Geo News reported.

The PML-N president along with party leaders, met Nawaz in the office of the jail superintendent.

During the meeting, Nawaz Sharif said, "I have not done anything wrong; my conscience is satisfied."

Nawaz Sharif told party leaders, "Allah will grant justice to me."

The three time Pakistan's Prime Minister , his daughter and son-in-law were taken to the Noor Khan Airbase amidst tight security. They arrived in Lahore, the bastion of the Sharif family, on a special plane, where the trio received a rousing welcome from thousands of party supporters.

The earlier petition filed  by Sharif, Maryam and Safdar that challenged their conviction related to the purchase of four luxury flats in London through corrupt practices, were heard in the Islamabad High Court.

"The instant writ petition is allowed and sentence awarded to the petitioners by the accountability court shall remain suspended till the final adjudication of the appeal filed by the petitioner," reads the judgment.

A date will now be fixed for the hearing of the appeals.

The trio was sentenced on July 6, by accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir.

The 68 year old Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and his son in law, were sentenced to 10 years, seven years and one year, respectively, in prison and fined in the Avenfield properties case.

After the release, the accused were barred from contesting elections or to hold public office for a period of 10 years. Both Maryam and Safdar are politicians. The accountability court verdict had ruined their political career.

After the judgement of accountability court, a separate petition was filed by the Sharifs, requesting the high court to suspend sentences and set aside the verdict.

The Islamabad High Court's ruling comes just a week after Sharif's wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, died from cancer in London.

The trio were briefly allowed out of the high-security Adiala Jail on parole to attend her funeral. They returned to jail on Monday.

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

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The trio were also directed to submit bail bonds worth Rs. 500,000.

As per the jail officials,  will be released on Wednesday if the order is received prior to the expiration of lock-up time.

According to the sources, Geo News reported that if the former premier, his daughter and son-in-law are released, they will be taken to Lahore via a special flight.

The media of Pakistan have repoted that the verdict would remain a temporary relief for the Mr Sharif and his family,  until the court gives a final verdict on their application seeking suspension of their conviction in the  Avenfield case.

If the Sharifs are convicted, they will face jail time in two more corruption cases  related to Al-Azizia and Flagship cases. 

The cases against the family stemmed from Panama Papers case in April 2016.

The Islamabad High Court also dismissed the National Accountability Bureau's request to first announce a judgment on the maintainability of the pleas. The bench also imposed a fine on the NAB lawyers earlier for using delaying tactics.

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

Saqib Nisar, the Chief Justice termed the NAB petition as frivolous and imposed a Rs. 20,000 fine on the anti-corruption watchdog.

Last year, Nawaz Sharif resigned  as the prime minister of Pakistan after the Apex Court disqualified him from holding public office, over the Panama Papers scandal.

The Avenfield case was among the three corruption cases filed against the three-time former premier and his children by the NAB on the Supreme Court's orders in the Panama Papers case which disqualified Sharif.

Any wrongdoing are denied by the Mr Sharif, who called the charges, political motivated.

The former PM of Pakistan's supporters believe the real reason he was convicted was because he had fallen out with the country's powerful army.

Shahbaz, the leader of the opposition and the younger brother of former PM Sharif tweeted a Quranic verse to express gratitude, following the verdict on suspension of the sentences.

He tweeted, "Truth has come, and falsehood has departed. Indeed is falsehood, [by nature], ever bound to depart."

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