Former prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam have been sentenced to 10-year and seven-year jail term respectively for the charges of corruption today (July 6, 2018). Sharif’s son-in-law Capt Safdar (retd) has also been awarded one-year jail term. Sharif was convicted in one of the four cases of corruption in the Avenfield House case, which was related to the ownership of four flats in the plush Avenfield House in London worth £200 million (Rs 1800 crores approx.).
The Anti-corruption court in Islamabad today dismissed the former pm’s request of delaying the announcement of the verdict by a week. Sharif, as per NDTV, who is still in London along with Maryam, had said he wanted to hear the judgment of the case while standing in the courtroom where he ‘endured more than 100 hearings’ with his daughter.
However, both Nawaz Sharif’s sons Hasan and Hussain were also expected to be present during the proceedings in the case but have been declared as ‘proclaimed offenders’ due to no-show. Sharif is currently with his wife Kulsoom in London, who is on ventilator since last three weeks.
The Supreme Court in 2017 disqualified Sharif as the prime minister after Opposition leader Imran Khan with the help of information in the Panama Papers, alleged that Sharif along with his family had hidden assets in London through offshore companies Nescoll and Nelson owned by Sharif’s son Hussain.