Islamabad, Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted from a court in Pakistan, has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on Friday for corruption. Nawaz’s daughter Mary has also been sentenced to seven years. The court also imposed a fine of 80 million pounds (about 73 million rupees) and 20 million pounds (18.2 million rupees) on Nawaz and Mary respectively. Court’s Judge Mohammad Bashir sentenced Nawaz’s son-in-law Captain (Retired) Safdar to one year’s sentence.
It is notable that Nawaz had on Thursday cited the health of his wife Kulsoom Nawaz and appealed to hear the matter seven days later. Judge declaring Sharif’s plea, he pronounced sentence on Avonfield corruption case. Nawaz and his daughter are currently in London, where Kulsoom Nawaz is undergoing cancer treatment.
After the court verdict, Nawaz’s brother and former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif has a press conference. They said, ‘We will choose all legal and constitutional paths for justice. Nawaz Sharif has always fought bravely.
Nawaz Sharif left for London on June 14 when the court had given him exemption from the hearing. Referring to the health of Kulsoom, Sharif appealed for exemption from hearing on June 19 and he was given exemption from hearing until June 23. After this, similar appeals were made on 25th June and they were given a three-day moratorium.
Sharif’s lawyer had then filed an appeal for a hearing from July 2 to 9, which was rejected by the court. Nawaz and his daughter had to return to Pakistan on June 27, but they are still in London.
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has filed three corruption cases against Nawaz and his family. This includes cases involving Avonfield Properties, Falcon Steel Mills and Al-Aziza Steel Mills. Hearing is going on against the Nawaz family from September 14 last year.