Nawaz, Maryam to be arrested upon return to Pakistan: NAB sources

06 July, 2018, 23:12 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Pakistan ex-PM Nawaz Sharif given 10-year jail term

The court also orders the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to open a criminal trial into ownership of the London flats along with several other Panama Papers revelations.

Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the Avenfield properties case while his daughter Maryam was sentenced to seven years.

In a rebuttal, defence counsel Advocate Amjad Pervez said, "There is a legal requirement that the accused person should be summoned at the time of announcement of judgement and in this case, Mr Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz both are ready to attend proceedings, but because of Kulsoom Nawaz's illness, they have requested that the judgement may be postponed for a few days".

Sharif was disqualified from office past year by the Pakistan Supreme Court, which declared him "dishonest" for not disclosing a separate monthly income from a company owned by his son. PML-N workers also repeatedly bring up the condition of Nawaz's ailing wife, dying of cancer in a London hospital, which opponents say is a tactic to exploit voters' emotions and sentiments.

Rasheed even said, "They expect those people to come out to whom they didn't even provide basic facilities".

Journalist Sohail Warraich said the conviction of Nawaz and Maryam will politically benefit Imran Khan. He denies drawing the monthly salary.

"Pakistani people and PML-N reject this verdict".

Hindustan Times, owned by HT Media Ltd, is one of India's largest publications that provides unbiased news, analysis and features on politics, sports, entertainment, lifestyle and more.

He has framed the charges against him as a conspiracy by the powerful military, which has ruled Pakistan for roughly half its 70-year history.


1993 - Removed as prime minister by Pakistan's president.

"Today's verdict shows that these Avenfield apartments were purchased using corruption money", prosecution lawyer Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi said.

However, political analyst Qamar Cheema said that those thinking of capitalizing on the verdict should not underestimate thepopularity of the former ruling party among the masses.

Following the coup he was allowed to go into exile in Saudi Arabia.

2013 - Elected prime minister for third time.

2008 - Loses election to the party of Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated ahead of the polls. The graft case also implicated Sharif's sons, Hassan and Hussain.

November 2, 2016 - Pakistan Supreme Court agrees to set up a judicial commission to probe corruption allegations against Sharif, stemming from Panama Papers leaks. Khan backs down from lockdown threat.

The proceeding in the Avenfield reference began in September and the accountability court indicted Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar on October 19.

Since then, matters have only gone further south for Sharif, whom authorities have sought to arrest and have banned for life from public office.

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