A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, suspending the jail sentences they received from a lower court in July and prompting celebrations among supporters waiting outside. Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to ten years in prison, while Maryam was imprisoned for seven years.
"The instant writ petition is allowed and sentence awarded to the petitioners by the accountability court shall remain suspended till the final adjudication of the appeal filed by the petitioner", reads the judgment. The father and daughter returned home a week later and were taken to prison to serve their sentences. His Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party lost the election on July 25 to the rival Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led by former cricket hero Imran Khan.
Nawaz Sharif and his family have challenged in the Accountability Court order which convicted them on July 06 in the corruption case. They are expected to be released soon, after the formalities are completed, reports said.
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On September 11, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz died in London after a protracted battle with throat cancer.
He said that the trial court's decision stated itself that no corruption was proven against Nawaz Sharif and time will prove his innocence.
Following the judges' decision on Sharif and his family, supporters rushed to the court in jubilation, chanting pro-Sharif slogans and waving banners and posters of the ex-premier.
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"After it came to light that the Sharif family had purchased several lavish apartments in London through offshore companies, Pakistan's Supreme Court found that the disgraced prime minister had failed to properly disclose his financial assets - several of which were "disproportionate to his means of income" - and disqualified him from office".
" 'This is a triumph of justice, ' said Sharif ally and former Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif who was outside the court". The charges stemmed from leaked papers from a Panama law firm. From there, they were to fly to the eastern city of Lahore. Sharif faced two more cases before the anti-graft tribunal and has been banned for life from public office.
The ousted prime minister and his daughter will be freed from jail after completion of formalities.
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