Nawaz Sharif gets 10-year jail in corruption case

Marsha Scott
July 7, 2018

Meanwhile, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was convicted and sentenced to prison in absentia by the accountability court, in a verdict that is likely to further disrupt an already chaotic campaign for national elections this month.

The verdict, a potentially significant boost for the main opposition party led by former World Cup cricketer Imran Khan, immediately raised questions over whether Sharif will return to Pakistan from London, where his wife is receiving cancer treatment.

The ECP has said Maryam's name will be removed from the ballot papers.

The Avenfield case was one of three references filed by NAB on orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in the landmark Panama Case verdict on July 28, 2017.

His daughter Maryam Nawaz was given 7 years for abetment, and 1 year for non-cooperation with the anti-graft authority. He denies drawing the monthly salary.

Analysts believe that if they return, it might boost the chances of good showing in elections by the PML-N due to sympathy vote. He called it a "black day" and said voters would give the "ultimate verdict" on July 25, according to Dawn. Both are now in London, but have said they will return home to face justice. Both of them will be barred from contesting in the upcoming Pakistan general elections.

Pakistan's military, which has ruled the nuclear-armed country for nearly half its history, denies involvement in civilian politics.

In 1993 he was sacked from his first term as premier for corruption, while in 1999 he was sentenced to life in prison after his second term in office ended with a military coup.

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Sharif has a history of conflict with the military even though his political career was initially nurtured by military dictator Zia ul-Haq in the 1980s.

The Panama case dominated not just the political spectrum for the last two years, but also rattled the equity market.

Khan is running on a socially conservative, anti-corruption platform.

Awan and others say the military is attempting to stifle Sharif and his party before the country's general elections scheduled for the end of the month. The companies are owned by Mr. Sharif's son Hussain Nawaz.

Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attends a seminar in Islamabad in April 2018.

The sentences mark a grim milestone for Sharif, who has seen his political fortunes fall with stunning speed in the past year. Imran Khan backs down from lockdown threat.

The ruling by the trial court judge, Muhammed Bashir, came several hours after the stipulated announcement time.

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