NAB decides to challenge suspension of Sharifs' jail terms


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. Justice Athar Minallah also directed Sharif, Maryam and Safdar to submit bail bonds worth Rs 0.5 million each.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has suspended the sentences of the former prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt Safdar. While reading the judgment, Justice Athar Minallah of Islamabad High Court said that "the NAB, after conducting a thorough investigation, couldn't bring any evidence of Nawaz Sharif's ownership of the Avenfield apartments, but you want us to admit his ownership on mere presumption".

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

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) announced its verdict by suspending the Accountability Court's verdict in Avenfield field refernce case.

Dozens of jubilant supporters chanted "Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif!" outside the court after the decision was announced.

The three are serving 10-, seven- and one-year prison sentences, respectively.

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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.

Meanwhile, Khawaja Haris - the lead defence counsel - said that since the NAB law relates to foreign properties, the stance taken by NAB is without any legal force.

Last week, Mr Sharif and his daughter were temporarily released from prison to attend funeral services for his wife, Kulsoom, who died of cancer in London.

In July 2017, the Pakistani Supreme Court disqualified Sharif from office over corruption allegations.

Justice Minallah had then explained, "Justice Aurangzeb's question is that they both can not be sentenced under the same indictment charges".

Ahsan Iqbal, Sharif's party lawmaker and former interior minister, said the anti-graft tribunal had convicted Sharif, his daughter and son in-law without any legal grounds, but "based on a vendetta".