Former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in prison and slapped 8 million Pound fine in the Avenfield properties reference on Friday while his daughter Maryam was sentenced to seven years with a £2 million fine. Capt (R) Safdar was sentenced for 1-year imprisonment for not cooperating with NAB. The money will be deposited into the state treasury. Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir announced the verdict today after several delays since morning. Moreover, the court also sentenced Maryam to one year in prison for submitting false documents in court.
The court also ruled that the avenfield flats shall be seized by the federal government.
Nawaz Sharif, Maryam and Muhammad Safdar have been charged as per the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999, according to which they face maximum jail terms of 14 years and/or a fine, each.
After the ruling for NAB court, Maryam and Safdar also barred to contest General Elections 2018 to be held on July 25th. Following the verdict, the Election Commission of Pakistan stated that Maryam’s name will be removed from the ballot papers of the NA-127 constituency after which new ballot papers will be printed.
He also said that there are other cases in which corruption “has been proven in black and white” and yet no verdicts were announced against the culprits.
Announcing that all future PML-N rallies will be considered a model of peaceful protest, Shahbaz also said, “In this situation: I would like to announce that we will take all legal action possible so that justice may be served.”
Concluding his address, Shahbaz said that he wishes to remind the nation that “you are Azeem Pakistanis, don’t be heartbroken by this verdict.”
‘All of this not new for Nawaz Sharif’ : said Maryam Safdar in her tweet after the ruling was given by the court.
پاکستان میں 70 سال سے سرگرم نادیدہ قووتوں کے سامنے ڈٹ جانے کی یہ سزا بہت چھوٹی ہے۔ آج ظلم کے خلاف لڑنے کا حوصلہ اور بلند ہو گیا۔
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) July 6, 2018
Apart from Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar, Nawaz’s sons are also accused in the case. They were declared proclaimed offenders last year owing to their no-show and will face a separate trial whenever they join the proceedings.