Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

NAB to challenge Islamabad High Court's decision suspending Sharif family sentences

NAB to challenge Islamabad High Court's decision suspending Sharif family sentences

The Islamabad High Court suspended the 10-year sentence for Sharif and the seven-year term handed down to his daughter, Maryam, over corrupt practices linked to his family's ownership of upscale London flats.

Javed Hashmi, a former PML-N member who quit the party for Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, also reached Adiala jail after Nawaz's release orders but was reportedly not allowed to enter.

Sharif's son-in-law has also been granted a release; all of them need to submit a bond of $4,000 each.

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Sharif's release comes a week after the death aged 68 of Kulsoom, his wife of 47 years, who had been battling cancer in a London hospital. They are expected to be released soon, after the formalities are completed, reports said.

At one stage, they shocked the bench by saying that the Supreme Court's judgments in Khalid Aziz and Ghaniur Rehman cases wherein parameters were set for shifting the burden of proof on the accused were "irrelevant" in the instant case as the monetary transactions as well as assets were overseas.

The ruling comes nearly two months after Sharif's party lost a general election to the party of new Prime Minister Imran Khan.

A supporter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Saharif touches his picture as he celebrate with others following the court's decision in Islamabad, Pakistan September 19, 2018. The charges stemmed from leaked papers from a Panama law firm. However, imposing a Rs 20,000 fine on the bureau, Chief Justice Milan Saqib Nisar noted that justice should be served to the petitioners.

The NAB was also pulled up by the Supreme Court on Monday when it rejected its petition challenging the IHC's decision to hear Sharifs' petitions against the Avenfield verdict.

The development is the latest twist in a series of court cases involving the former prime minister, beginning with his ouster from office past year in the Panama Papers verdict to facing multiple corruption references in the accountability court.

Last month, IHC dismissed NAB's plea to adjourn the hearing for 2 days of Nawaz Sharif's petition against the Avenfield case.

Images showed Nawaz's younger brother Shahbaz Sharif waving at supporters from the front seat of the vehicle.

"Truth has come, and falsehood has departed".

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