Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday suspended jail terms of former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar in the Avenfield case. As per Geo News, a two-judge bench of Pakistan’s top court heard the petitions filed by the trio challenging their conviction related to the purchase of luxury flats in London.
The two-judge bench ordered the release of the former PM, his daughter and son-in-law. Justice Athar Minallah suspended the sentences handed to them by accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir on July 6. The three of them were directed to submit bail bonds worth Rs 0.5 million each.
After the judgement was pronounced, Sharif was seen walking through Islamabad’s airport. He would be flown amid tight security to Lahore near his family home. Earlier last week, Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Safdar were released temporarily from prison so that they could attend the funeral services of Sharif’s wife, Kulsoom who died after battling with cancer in London.
Sharif, Maryam and Safdar were sentenced to 11 years, eight years and one year, respectively, in the prison in the Avenfield properties case. An anti-graft court pronounced a 10-year jail term to Sharif for owning luxury flats in London in the 1990s with corruption money.
Sharif was ousted as the prime minister of Pakistan last year by the Supreme Court over some undeclared income. However, both Sharif and his daughter had denied the charges saying there was no proof the residences were purchased with money from corruption.
Pakistan Muslim League led by Nawaz Sharif lost to the party of former cricket star Imran Khan had been in power for five years.