Published: Wed, September 19, 2018

Pak court suspends jail sentences of Sharif, daughter Maryam

Pak court suspends jail sentences of Sharif, daughter Maryam

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.

Last week, Sharif along with his daughter Maryam and son-in-law captain Safdar was released on parole following the death of former first lady of Pakistan, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

"The prosecution has failed to show the properties belong to Nawaz Sharif". The bench also imposed a fine on the NAB lawyers earlier for using delaying tactics.

The National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) special prosecutor Mohammad Akram Qureshi argued that the High Court could not have entertained petitions seeking suspension of sentence after the fixation of appeals against the conviction of the Sharif family in the case, Dawn reported.

A two-judge bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb delivered its ruling on petitions filed by the Sharif family against the Avenfield reference.

28 July, 2017: Supreme Court declares Sharif disqualified from office for not declaring income from a company in United Arab Emirates, which was not in original Panama Papers revelations.

Sharif was disqualified from office by the country's Supreme Court past year over corruption allegations. The Accountability Court sentenced the imprisonment of 10, 7, and 1 year to Nawaz, Maryam, and Captain Safdar (retd) respectively. 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.

15 September 2018: NAB moves Supreme Court to stop Islamabad High Court from suspending jail sentence against the Sharifs.

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