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Pakistan court orders release of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif, daughter

19 September 2018

The decision to challenge the ruling was taken during a meeting of the bureau presided over by its chairman retired Justice Javed Iqbal.

A Pakistani court suspended the prison sentences of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law on Wednesday and set them free on bail pending their appeal hearings.

According to GeoNews, Justice Athar Minallah, who was part of a two-judge bench (also featuring Justice Miangul Hassan) hearing the petition by the Sharifs, pointed out lack of evidence to prove that Nawaz owned the flats.

The bench ordered release of the incarcerated members of the Sharif family against a surety bond of Rs500, 000 each. Nawaz, Maryam and Capt (retd) Safdar were also directed to submit bail bonds worth 5 lakh Pakistani rupees each.

The court also fined Nawaz Sharif and Maryam 8 million and 2 million Pounds respectively.

The sentence and a fine of 8 million pounds, or $10.6 million, came nearly a year after Supreme Court removed Sharif from office and less than five months after the court barred him from holding office for life.

The NAB's special prosecutor Mohammad Akram Qureshi concluded his final arguments today, following which the high court reserved the verdict in the case.

Sharif remains barred from running for public office for life, after the Supreme Court in April ruled that he had lied on a parliamentary wealth declaration and that the disqualification from that crime would last for an indefinite period.

4 April, 2016: The leaked Panama Papers show involvement of Sharif's family in offshore companies including two used to buy luxury homes in London.

6 July, 2018: The NAB court convicts Sharif, his daughter Maryama and her husband Captain Safdar of corruption.

Justice Minallah had then explained, "Justice Aurangzeb's question is that they both can not be sentenced under the same indictment charges". Justice Aurangzeb questioned how Maryam was sentenced for the ownership of the Avenfield apartments alongside her father-as both can not be sentenced under the same indictment charges.

Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were then shifted to B-Class facility in Adiala Jail.

Pakistan court orders release of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif, daughter