Sharif family in trouble, Nawaz gets 10 years jail term, Maryam seven in Avenfield apartments case.
Sharif Family The former prime minister’s son-in-law, Safdar, was also sentenced to a year in prison. Nawaz was further fined eight million pound sterling and Maryam was slapped with a two million pound fine. The court also ordered their properties to be forfeited in favor of the federal government. Maryam’s sentence includes a year in prison due to her involvement in the Calibri font scandal.
In a verdict which will echo across the political landscape of Pakistan for decades, the accountability court hearing the Avenfield reference sentenced deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif to 10-years imprisonment and daughter Maryam to seven years.
According to Section 15 of the ordinance, both Maryam and Safdar cannot contest the upcoming general elections and have been deemed ineligible. Nawaz’s counsel, Khawaja Haris and Maryam’s counsel Amjad Pervaiz were both presents.
The verdict has further emboldened us to fight against ‘invisible forces’: Maryam
“The accountability court verdict has further emboldened us to fight against tyranny,” Maryam Nawaz Sharif said minutes after she, her husband and father were convicted and sentenced in the Avenfield reference.
NAB had registered three references against members of the Sharif family; Avenfield properties, Al-Azizia and Hill Metal Establishment, and Flagship Investment. While the court had ordered the trial to be complete in six months [March 2017], the apex court had extended the trial by four months
“I joined politics to change the situation in which only the poor people were being held accountable but the mighty ones went scot free and for the last 22 years, I have been fighting corruption,” said the PTI chief while addressing a huge public rally in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s (K-P) Swat district on Friday.
The ousted prime minister has been saying that he was disqualified for no reason. Now Sharif should know that he has been ousted for being a “thief and money launderer”, J.Tareen
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